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“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison



“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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“His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional. He’s one of those classic hookers where you say he’d be very comfortable in the back row. He’s very quick, a very good defender and makes good decisions.”





Callum Chick
Callum Chick is hoping to replicate his club form with his country (Photo by Alex Davidson – RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)




Callum Chick







Position: Flanker
Age: 24
Height: 6ft 4in
Weight: 16st 10lb






“He’s your perfect rugby player in that he captained the England Under-18s and is your classic ‘pathway’ back row,” said Flood. “He has probably had to wait a bit longer to get that England recognition as injuries haven’t helped him, but he’s a complete player and is playing as good a rugby at the moment as I’ve seen him play in my time here.





“He has lovely skills and a really good rugby brain on him. He understands the rhythm of the game really well and has a good rapport with the No8, 9 and 10.





In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.

Toby Flood on Callum Chick




“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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Playing for one of the Gallagher Premiership’s more ‘unfashionable’ clubs means that Newcastle’s young Falcons can sometimes fly under the radar. But the quartet of uncapped players in Eddie Jones’ squad have just been named in the matchday 23 for Sunday’s England A game against Scotland A, so they’ll be figuring prominently on TV screens this weekend.





Adam Radwan, Jamie Blamire, Callum Chick and Trevor Davison – with the possible exception of wing Radwan – aren’t household names yet other than in their North-East enclave, but that could all change if they star for England A or get the nod for the upcoming Tests against the USA and Canada.





So to give England fans an insight into what they’re like, both on and off the field, The XV spoke to Newcastle’s former England fly-half/centre Toby Flood, who won 60 caps between 2006-14.





Adam Radwan
Adam Radwan is the fastest player that Toby Flood has played alongside (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)




Adam Radwan







Position:
Wing
Age:
23
Height:
5ft 10in
Weight:
13st 8lb






“On the field, he brings the unknown, he can create something from nothing,” said Flood. “He’s incredibly strong, a power athlete, and he’s probably the quickest player I’ve ever played with.





“You can probably put Chris Ashton up there in terms of speed endurance but Adam is a phenomenon in how quickly he can get going.





You can probably put Chris Ashton up there in terms of speed endurance but Adam is a phenomenon in how quickly he can get going.

Toby Flood on Adam Radwan




“Off the field, he’s very funny, a good lad to have around the side. He’s not very bright… only joking!





“It has been really nice to see him develop. He was let go by Newcastle, then came back in when I returned five years ago. He has really progressed and had a great trajectory. This England environment will be fantastic for him, just to give him an awareness of what he needs to do.”





Jamie Blamire
Jamie Blamire is so mobile, he wouldn’t look out of place in the back row (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Jamie Blamire






Position: Hooker
Age: 23
Height: 6ft 1in
Weight: 17st 12lb










“We call him ‘Bush Pig’ or ‘Blammie’,” said the 35-year-old Flood. “He’s very funny off the field, just a daft lad and easy company, but he’s a very good rugby player in general.





His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional.

Toby Flood on Jamie Blamire




“His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional. He’s one of those classic hookers where you say he’d be very comfortable in the back row. He’s very quick, a very good defender and makes good decisions.”





Callum Chick
Callum Chick is hoping to replicate his club form with his country (Photo by Alex Davidson – RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)




Callum Chick







Position: Flanker
Age: 24
Height: 6ft 4in
Weight: 16st 10lb






“He’s your perfect rugby player in that he captained the England Under-18s and is your classic ‘pathway’ back row,” said Flood. “He has probably had to wait a bit longer to get that England recognition as injuries haven’t helped him, but he’s a complete player and is playing as good a rugby at the moment as I’ve seen him play in my time here.





“He has lovely skills and a really good rugby brain on him. He understands the rhythm of the game really well and has a good rapport with the No8, 9 and 10.





In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.

Toby Flood on Callum Chick




“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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Playing for one of the Gallagher Premiership’s more ‘unfashionable’ clubs means that Newcastle’s young Falcons can sometimes fly under the radar. But the quartet of uncapped players in Eddie Jones’ squad have just been named in the matchday 23 for Sunday’s England A game against Scotland A, so they’ll be figuring prominently on TV screens this weekend.





Adam Radwan, Jamie Blamire, Callum Chick and Trevor Davison – with the possible exception of wing Radwan – aren’t household names yet other than in their North-East enclave, but that could all change if they star for England A or get the nod for the upcoming Tests against the USA and Canada.





So to give England fans an insight into what they’re like, both on and off the field, The XV spoke to Newcastle’s former England fly-half/centre Toby Flood, who won 60 caps between 2006-14.





Adam Radwan
Adam Radwan is the fastest player that Toby Flood has played alongside (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)




Adam Radwan







Position:
Wing
Age:
23
Height:
5ft 10in
Weight:
13st 8lb






“On the field, he brings the unknown, he can create something from nothing,” said Flood. “He’s incredibly strong, a power athlete, and he’s probably the quickest player I’ve ever played with.





“You can probably put Chris Ashton up there in terms of speed endurance but Adam is a phenomenon in how quickly he can get going.





You can probably put Chris Ashton up there in terms of speed endurance but Adam is a phenomenon in how quickly he can get going.

Toby Flood on Adam Radwan




“Off the field, he’s very funny, a good lad to have around the side. He’s not very bright… only joking!





“It has been really nice to see him develop. He was let go by Newcastle, then came back in when I returned five years ago. He has really progressed and had a great trajectory. This England environment will be fantastic for him, just to give him an awareness of what he needs to do.”





Jamie Blamire
Jamie Blamire is so mobile, he wouldn’t look out of place in the back row (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Jamie Blamire






Position: Hooker
Age: 23
Height: 6ft 1in
Weight: 17st 12lb










“We call him ‘Bush Pig’ or ‘Blammie’,” said the 35-year-old Flood. “He’s very funny off the field, just a daft lad and easy company, but he’s a very good rugby player in general.





His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional.

Toby Flood on Jamie Blamire




“His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional. He’s one of those classic hookers where you say he’d be very comfortable in the back row. He’s very quick, a very good defender and makes good decisions.”





Callum Chick
Callum Chick is hoping to replicate his club form with his country (Photo by Alex Davidson – RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)




Callum Chick







Position: Flanker
Age: 24
Height: 6ft 4in
Weight: 16st 10lb






“He’s your perfect rugby player in that he captained the England Under-18s and is your classic ‘pathway’ back row,” said Flood. “He has probably had to wait a bit longer to get that England recognition as injuries haven’t helped him, but he’s a complete player and is playing as good a rugby at the moment as I’ve seen him play in my time here.





“He has lovely skills and a really good rugby brain on him. He understands the rhythm of the game really well and has a good rapport with the No8, 9 and 10.





In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.

Toby Flood on Callum Chick




“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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“Off the field, he’s very funny, a good lad to have around the side. He’s not very bright… only joking!





“It has been really nice to see him develop. He was let go by Newcastle, then came back in when I returned five years ago. He has really progressed and had a great trajectory. This England environment will be fantastic for him, just to give him an awareness of what he needs to do.”





Jamie Blamire
Jamie Blamire is so mobile, he wouldn’t look out of place in the back row (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Jamie Blamire






Position: Hooker
Age: 23
Height: 6ft 1in
Weight: 17st 12lb










“We call him ‘Bush Pig’ or ‘Blammie’,” said the 35-year-old Flood. “He’s very funny off the field, just a daft lad and easy company, but he’s a very good rugby player in general.





His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional.

Toby Flood on Jamie Blamire




“His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional. He’s one of those classic hookers where you say he’d be very comfortable in the back row. He’s very quick, a very good defender and makes good decisions.”





Callum Chick
Callum Chick is hoping to replicate his club form with his country (Photo by Alex Davidson – RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)




Callum Chick







Position: Flanker
Age: 24
Height: 6ft 4in
Weight: 16st 10lb






“He’s your perfect rugby player in that he captained the England Under-18s and is your classic ‘pathway’ back row,” said Flood. “He has probably had to wait a bit longer to get that England recognition as injuries haven’t helped him, but he’s a complete player and is playing as good a rugby at the moment as I’ve seen him play in my time here.





“He has lovely skills and a really good rugby brain on him. He understands the rhythm of the game really well and has a good rapport with the No8, 9 and 10.





In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.

Toby Flood on Callum Chick




“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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Playing for one of the Gallagher Premiership’s more ‘unfashionable’ clubs means that Newcastle’s young Falcons can sometimes fly under the radar. But the quartet of uncapped players in Eddie Jones’ squad have just been named in the matchday 23 for Sunday’s England A game against Scotland A, so they’ll be figuring prominently on TV screens this weekend.





Adam Radwan, Jamie Blamire, Callum Chick and Trevor Davison – with the possible exception of wing Radwan – aren’t household names yet other than in their North-East enclave, but that could all change if they star for England A or get the nod for the upcoming Tests against the USA and Canada.





So to give England fans an insight into what they’re like, both on and off the field, The XV spoke to Newcastle’s former England fly-half/centre Toby Flood, who won 60 caps between 2006-14.





Adam Radwan
Adam Radwan is the fastest player that Toby Flood has played alongside (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)




Adam Radwan







Position:
Wing
Age:
23
Height:
5ft 10in
Weight:
13st 8lb






“On the field, he brings the unknown, he can create something from nothing,” said Flood. “He’s incredibly strong, a power athlete, and he’s probably the quickest player I’ve ever played with.





“You can probably put Chris Ashton up there in terms of speed endurance but Adam is a phenomenon in how quickly he can get going.





You can probably put Chris Ashton up there in terms of speed endurance but Adam is a phenomenon in how quickly he can get going.

Toby Flood on Adam Radwan




“Off the field, he’s very funny, a good lad to have around the side. He’s not very bright… only joking!





“It has been really nice to see him develop. He was let go by Newcastle, then came back in when I returned five years ago. He has really progressed and had a great trajectory. This England environment will be fantastic for him, just to give him an awareness of what he needs to do.”





Jamie Blamire
Jamie Blamire is so mobile, he wouldn’t look out of place in the back row (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Jamie Blamire






Position: Hooker
Age: 23
Height: 6ft 1in
Weight: 17st 12lb










“We call him ‘Bush Pig’ or ‘Blammie’,” said the 35-year-old Flood. “He’s very funny off the field, just a daft lad and easy company, but he’s a very good rugby player in general.





His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional.

Toby Flood on Jamie Blamire




“His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional. He’s one of those classic hookers where you say he’d be very comfortable in the back row. He’s very quick, a very good defender and makes good decisions.”





Callum Chick
Callum Chick is hoping to replicate his club form with his country (Photo by Alex Davidson – RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)




Callum Chick







Position: Flanker
Age: 24
Height: 6ft 4in
Weight: 16st 10lb






“He’s your perfect rugby player in that he captained the England Under-18s and is your classic ‘pathway’ back row,” said Flood. “He has probably had to wait a bit longer to get that England recognition as injuries haven’t helped him, but he’s a complete player and is playing as good a rugby at the moment as I’ve seen him play in my time here.





“He has lovely skills and a really good rugby brain on him. He understands the rhythm of the game really well and has a good rapport with the No8, 9 and 10.





In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.

Toby Flood on Callum Chick




“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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“His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional. He’s one of those classic hookers where you say he’d be very comfortable in the back row. He’s very quick, a very good defender and makes good decisions.”





Callum Chick
Callum Chick is hoping to replicate his club form with his country (Photo by Alex Davidson – RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)




Callum Chick







Position: Flanker
Age: 24
Height: 6ft 4in
Weight: 16st 10lb






“He’s your perfect rugby player in that he captained the England Under-18s and is your classic ‘pathway’ back row,” said Flood. “He has probably had to wait a bit longer to get that England recognition as injuries haven’t helped him, but he’s a complete player and is playing as good a rugby at the moment as I’ve seen him play in my time here.





“He has lovely skills and a really good rugby brain on him. He understands the rhythm of the game really well and has a good rapport with the No8, 9 and 10.





In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.

Toby Flood on Callum Chick




“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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“Off the field, he’s very funny, a good lad to have around the side. He’s not very bright… only joking!





“It has been really nice to see him develop. He was let go by Newcastle, then came back in when I returned five years ago. He has really progressed and had a great trajectory. This England environment will be fantastic for him, just to give him an awareness of what he needs to do.”





Jamie Blamire
Jamie Blamire is so mobile, he wouldn’t look out of place in the back row (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Jamie Blamire






Position: Hooker
Age: 23
Height: 6ft 1in
Weight: 17st 12lb










“We call him ‘Bush Pig’ or ‘Blammie’,” said the 35-year-old Flood. “He’s very funny off the field, just a daft lad and easy company, but he’s a very good rugby player in general.





His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional.

Toby Flood on Jamie Blamire




“His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional. He’s one of those classic hookers where you say he’d be very comfortable in the back row. He’s very quick, a very good defender and makes good decisions.”





Callum Chick
Callum Chick is hoping to replicate his club form with his country (Photo by Alex Davidson – RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)




Callum Chick







Position: Flanker
Age: 24
Height: 6ft 4in
Weight: 16st 10lb






“He’s your perfect rugby player in that he captained the England Under-18s and is your classic ‘pathway’ back row,” said Flood. “He has probably had to wait a bit longer to get that England recognition as injuries haven’t helped him, but he’s a complete player and is playing as good a rugby at the moment as I’ve seen him play in my time here.





“He has lovely skills and a really good rugby brain on him. He understands the rhythm of the game really well and has a good rapport with the No8, 9 and 10.





In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.

Toby Flood on Callum Chick




“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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Playing for one of the Gallagher Premiership’s more ‘unfashionable’ clubs means that Newcastle’s young Falcons can sometimes fly under the radar. But the quartet of uncapped players in Eddie Jones’ squad have just been named in the matchday 23 for Sunday’s England A game against Scotland A, so they’ll be figuring prominently on TV screens this weekend.





Adam Radwan, Jamie Blamire, Callum Chick and Trevor Davison – with the possible exception of wing Radwan – aren’t household names yet other than in their North-East enclave, but that could all change if they star for England A or get the nod for the upcoming Tests against the USA and Canada.





So to give England fans an insight into what they’re like, both on and off the field, The XV spoke to Newcastle’s former England fly-half/centre Toby Flood, who won 60 caps between 2006-14.





Adam Radwan
Adam Radwan is the fastest player that Toby Flood has played alongside (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)




Adam Radwan







Position:
Wing
Age:
23
Height:
5ft 10in
Weight:
13st 8lb






“On the field, he brings the unknown, he can create something from nothing,” said Flood. “He’s incredibly strong, a power athlete, and he’s probably the quickest player I’ve ever played with.





“You can probably put Chris Ashton up there in terms of speed endurance but Adam is a phenomenon in how quickly he can get going.





You can probably put Chris Ashton up there in terms of speed endurance but Adam is a phenomenon in how quickly he can get going.

Toby Flood on Adam Radwan




“Off the field, he’s very funny, a good lad to have around the side. He’s not very bright… only joking!





“It has been really nice to see him develop. He was let go by Newcastle, then came back in when I returned five years ago. He has really progressed and had a great trajectory. This England environment will be fantastic for him, just to give him an awareness of what he needs to do.”





Jamie Blamire
Jamie Blamire is so mobile, he wouldn’t look out of place in the back row (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Jamie Blamire






Position: Hooker
Age: 23
Height: 6ft 1in
Weight: 17st 12lb










“We call him ‘Bush Pig’ or ‘Blammie’,” said the 35-year-old Flood. “He’s very funny off the field, just a daft lad and easy company, but he’s a very good rugby player in general.





His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional.

Toby Flood on Jamie Blamire




“His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional. He’s one of those classic hookers where you say he’d be very comfortable in the back row. He’s very quick, a very good defender and makes good decisions.”





Callum Chick
Callum Chick is hoping to replicate his club form with his country (Photo by Alex Davidson – RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)




Callum Chick







Position: Flanker
Age: 24
Height: 6ft 4in
Weight: 16st 10lb






“He’s your perfect rugby player in that he captained the England Under-18s and is your classic ‘pathway’ back row,” said Flood. “He has probably had to wait a bit longer to get that England recognition as injuries haven’t helped him, but he’s a complete player and is playing as good a rugby at the moment as I’ve seen him play in my time here.





“He has lovely skills and a really good rugby brain on him. He understands the rhythm of the game really well and has a good rapport with the No8, 9 and 10.





In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.

Toby Flood on Callum Chick




“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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“His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional. He’s one of those classic hookers where you say he’d be very comfortable in the back row. He’s very quick, a very good defender and makes good decisions.”





Callum Chick
Callum Chick is hoping to replicate his club form with his country (Photo by Alex Davidson – RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)




Callum Chick







Position: Flanker
Age: 24
Height: 6ft 4in
Weight: 16st 10lb






“He’s your perfect rugby player in that he captained the England Under-18s and is your classic ‘pathway’ back row,” said Flood. “He has probably had to wait a bit longer to get that England recognition as injuries haven’t helped him, but he’s a complete player and is playing as good a rugby at the moment as I’ve seen him play in my time here.





“He has lovely skills and a really good rugby brain on him. He understands the rhythm of the game really well and has a good rapport with the No8, 9 and 10.





In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.

Toby Flood on Callum Chick




“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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“His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional. He’s one of those classic hookers where you say he’d be very comfortable in the back row. He’s very quick, a very good defender and makes good decisions.”





Callum Chick
Callum Chick is hoping to replicate his club form with his country (Photo by Alex Davidson – RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)




Callum Chick







Position: Flanker
Age: 24
Height: 6ft 4in
Weight: 16st 10lb






“He’s your perfect rugby player in that he captained the England Under-18s and is your classic ‘pathway’ back row,” said Flood. “He has probably had to wait a bit longer to get that England recognition as injuries haven’t helped him, but he’s a complete player and is playing as good a rugby at the moment as I’ve seen him play in my time here.





“He has lovely skills and a really good rugby brain on him. He understands the rhythm of the game really well and has a good rapport with the No8, 9 and 10.





In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.

Toby Flood on Callum Chick




“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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“Off the field, he’s very funny, a good lad to have around the side. He’s not very bright… only joking!





“It has been really nice to see him develop. He was let go by Newcastle, then came back in when I returned five years ago. He has really progressed and had a great trajectory. This England environment will be fantastic for him, just to give him an awareness of what he needs to do.”





Jamie Blamire
Jamie Blamire is so mobile, he wouldn’t look out of place in the back row (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Jamie Blamire






Position: Hooker
Age: 23
Height: 6ft 1in
Weight: 17st 12lb










“We call him ‘Bush Pig’ or ‘Blammie’,” said the 35-year-old Flood. “He’s very funny off the field, just a daft lad and easy company, but he’s a very good rugby player in general.





His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional.

Toby Flood on Jamie Blamire




“His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional. He’s one of those classic hookers where you say he’d be very comfortable in the back row. He’s very quick, a very good defender and makes good decisions.”





Callum Chick
Callum Chick is hoping to replicate his club form with his country (Photo by Alex Davidson – RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)




Callum Chick







Position: Flanker
Age: 24
Height: 6ft 4in
Weight: 16st 10lb






“He’s your perfect rugby player in that he captained the England Under-18s and is your classic ‘pathway’ back row,” said Flood. “He has probably had to wait a bit longer to get that England recognition as injuries haven’t helped him, but he’s a complete player and is playing as good a rugby at the moment as I’ve seen him play in my time here.





“He has lovely skills and a really good rugby brain on him. He understands the rhythm of the game really well and has a good rapport with the No8, 9 and 10.





In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.

Toby Flood on Callum Chick




“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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Playing for one of the Gallagher Premiership’s more ‘unfashionable’ clubs means that Newcastle’s young Falcons can sometimes fly under the radar. But the quartet of uncapped players in Eddie Jones’ squad have just been named in the matchday 23 for Sunday’s England A game against Scotland A, so they’ll be figuring prominently on TV screens this weekend.





Adam Radwan, Jamie Blamire, Callum Chick and Trevor Davison – with the possible exception of wing Radwan – aren’t household names yet other than in their North-East enclave, but that could all change if they star for England A or get the nod for the upcoming Tests against the USA and Canada.





So to give England fans an insight into what they’re like, both on and off the field, The XV spoke to Newcastle’s former England fly-half/centre Toby Flood, who won 60 caps between 2006-14.





Adam Radwan
Adam Radwan is the fastest player that Toby Flood has played alongside (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)




Adam Radwan







Position:
Wing
Age:
23
Height:
5ft 10in
Weight:
13st 8lb






“On the field, he brings the unknown, he can create something from nothing,” said Flood. “He’s incredibly strong, a power athlete, and he’s probably the quickest player I’ve ever played with.





“You can probably put Chris Ashton up there in terms of speed endurance but Adam is a phenomenon in how quickly he can get going.





You can probably put Chris Ashton up there in terms of speed endurance but Adam is a phenomenon in how quickly he can get going.

Toby Flood on Adam Radwan




“Off the field, he’s very funny, a good lad to have around the side. He’s not very bright… only joking!





“It has been really nice to see him develop. He was let go by Newcastle, then came back in when I returned five years ago. He has really progressed and had a great trajectory. This England environment will be fantastic for him, just to give him an awareness of what he needs to do.”





Jamie Blamire
Jamie Blamire is so mobile, he wouldn’t look out of place in the back row (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Jamie Blamire






Position: Hooker
Age: 23
Height: 6ft 1in
Weight: 17st 12lb










“We call him ‘Bush Pig’ or ‘Blammie’,” said the 35-year-old Flood. “He’s very funny off the field, just a daft lad and easy company, but he’s a very good rugby player in general.





His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional.

Toby Flood on Jamie Blamire




“His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional. He’s one of those classic hookers where you say he’d be very comfortable in the back row. He’s very quick, a very good defender and makes good decisions.”





Callum Chick
Callum Chick is hoping to replicate his club form with his country (Photo by Alex Davidson – RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)




Callum Chick







Position: Flanker
Age: 24
Height: 6ft 4in
Weight: 16st 10lb






“He’s your perfect rugby player in that he captained the England Under-18s and is your classic ‘pathway’ back row,” said Flood. “He has probably had to wait a bit longer to get that England recognition as injuries haven’t helped him, but he’s a complete player and is playing as good a rugby at the moment as I’ve seen him play in my time here.





“He has lovely skills and a really good rugby brain on him. He understands the rhythm of the game really well and has a good rapport with the No8, 9 and 10.





In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.

Toby Flood on Callum Chick




“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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Playing for one of the Gallagher Premiership’s more ‘unfashionable’ clubs means that Newcastle’s young Falcons can sometimes fly under the radar. But the quartet of uncapped players in Eddie Jones’ squad have just been named in the matchday 23 for Sunday’s England A game against Scotland A, so they’ll be figuring prominently on TV screens this weekend.





Adam Radwan, Jamie Blamire, Callum Chick and Trevor Davison – with the possible exception of wing Radwan – aren’t household names yet other than in their North-East enclave, but that could all change if they star for England A or get the nod for the upcoming Tests against the USA and Canada.





So to give England fans an insight into what they’re like, both on and off the field, The XV spoke to Newcastle’s former England fly-half/centre Toby Flood, who won 60 caps between 2006-14.





Adam Radwan
Adam Radwan is the fastest player that Toby Flood has played alongside (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)




Adam Radwan







Position:
Wing
Age:
23
Height:
5ft 10in
Weight:
13st 8lb






“On the field, he brings the unknown, he can create something from nothing,” said Flood. “He’s incredibly strong, a power athlete, and he’s probably the quickest player I’ve ever played with.





“You can probably put Chris Ashton up there in terms of speed endurance but Adam is a phenomenon in how quickly he can get going.





You can probably put Chris Ashton up there in terms of speed endurance but Adam is a phenomenon in how quickly he can get going.

Toby Flood on Adam Radwan




“Off the field, he’s very funny, a good lad to have around the side. He’s not very bright… only joking!





“It has been really nice to see him develop. He was let go by Newcastle, then came back in when I returned five years ago. He has really progressed and had a great trajectory. This England environment will be fantastic for him, just to give him an awareness of what he needs to do.”





Jamie Blamire
Jamie Blamire is so mobile, he wouldn’t look out of place in the back row (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Jamie Blamire






Position: Hooker
Age: 23
Height: 6ft 1in
Weight: 17st 12lb










“We call him ‘Bush Pig’ or ‘Blammie’,” said the 35-year-old Flood. “He’s very funny off the field, just a daft lad and easy company, but he’s a very good rugby player in general.





His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional.

Toby Flood on Jamie Blamire




“His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional. He’s one of those classic hookers where you say he’d be very comfortable in the back row. He’s very quick, a very good defender and makes good decisions.”





Callum Chick
Callum Chick is hoping to replicate his club form with his country (Photo by Alex Davidson – RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)




Callum Chick







Position: Flanker
Age: 24
Height: 6ft 4in
Weight: 16st 10lb






“He’s your perfect rugby player in that he captained the England Under-18s and is your classic ‘pathway’ back row,” said Flood. “He has probably had to wait a bit longer to get that England recognition as injuries haven’t helped him, but he’s a complete player and is playing as good a rugby at the moment as I’ve seen him play in my time here.





“He has lovely skills and a really good rugby brain on him. He understands the rhythm of the game really well and has a good rapport with the No8, 9 and 10.





In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.

Toby Flood on Callum Chick




“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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“His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional. He’s one of those classic hookers where you say he’d be very comfortable in the back row. He’s very quick, a very good defender and makes good decisions.”





Callum Chick
Callum Chick is hoping to replicate his club form with his country (Photo by Alex Davidson – RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)




Callum Chick







Position: Flanker
Age: 24
Height: 6ft 4in
Weight: 16st 10lb






“He’s your perfect rugby player in that he captained the England Under-18s and is your classic ‘pathway’ back row,” said Flood. “He has probably had to wait a bit longer to get that England recognition as injuries haven’t helped him, but he’s a complete player and is playing as good a rugby at the moment as I’ve seen him play in my time here.





“He has lovely skills and a really good rugby brain on him. He understands the rhythm of the game really well and has a good rapport with the No8, 9 and 10.





In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.

Toby Flood on Callum Chick




“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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“Off the field, he’s very funny, a good lad to have around the side. He’s not very bright… only joking!





“It has been really nice to see him develop. He was let go by Newcastle, then came back in when I returned five years ago. He has really progressed and had a great trajectory. This England environment will be fantastic for him, just to give him an awareness of what he needs to do.”





Jamie Blamire
Jamie Blamire is so mobile, he wouldn’t look out of place in the back row (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Jamie Blamire






Position: Hooker
Age: 23
Height: 6ft 1in
Weight: 17st 12lb










“We call him ‘Bush Pig’ or ‘Blammie’,” said the 35-year-old Flood. “He’s very funny off the field, just a daft lad and easy company, but he’s a very good rugby player in general.





His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional.

Toby Flood on Jamie Blamire




“His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional. He’s one of those classic hookers where you say he’d be very comfortable in the back row. He’s very quick, a very good defender and makes good decisions.”





Callum Chick
Callum Chick is hoping to replicate his club form with his country (Photo by Alex Davidson – RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)




Callum Chick







Position: Flanker
Age: 24
Height: 6ft 4in
Weight: 16st 10lb






“He’s your perfect rugby player in that he captained the England Under-18s and is your classic ‘pathway’ back row,” said Flood. “He has probably had to wait a bit longer to get that England recognition as injuries haven’t helped him, but he’s a complete player and is playing as good a rugby at the moment as I’ve seen him play in my time here.





“He has lovely skills and a really good rugby brain on him. He understands the rhythm of the game really well and has a good rapport with the No8, 9 and 10.





In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.

Toby Flood on Callum Chick




“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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Playing for one of the Gallagher Premiership’s more ‘unfashionable’ clubs means that Newcastle’s young Falcons can sometimes fly under the radar. But the quartet of uncapped players in Eddie Jones’ squad have just been named in the matchday 23 for Sunday’s England A game against Scotland A, so they’ll be figuring prominently on TV screens this weekend.





Adam Radwan, Jamie Blamire, Callum Chick and Trevor Davison – with the possible exception of wing Radwan – aren’t household names yet other than in their North-East enclave, but that could all change if they star for England A or get the nod for the upcoming Tests against the USA and Canada.





So to give England fans an insight into what they’re like, both on and off the field, The XV spoke to Newcastle’s former England fly-half/centre Toby Flood, who won 60 caps between 2006-14.





Adam Radwan
Adam Radwan is the fastest player that Toby Flood has played alongside (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)




Adam Radwan







Position:
Wing
Age:
23
Height:
5ft 10in
Weight:
13st 8lb






“On the field, he brings the unknown, he can create something from nothing,” said Flood. “He’s incredibly strong, a power athlete, and he’s probably the quickest player I’ve ever played with.





“You can probably put Chris Ashton up there in terms of speed endurance but Adam is a phenomenon in how quickly he can get going.





You can probably put Chris Ashton up there in terms of speed endurance but Adam is a phenomenon in how quickly he can get going.

Toby Flood on Adam Radwan




“Off the field, he’s very funny, a good lad to have around the side. He’s not very bright… only joking!





“It has been really nice to see him develop. He was let go by Newcastle, then came back in when I returned five years ago. He has really progressed and had a great trajectory. This England environment will be fantastic for him, just to give him an awareness of what he needs to do.”





Jamie Blamire
Jamie Blamire is so mobile, he wouldn’t look out of place in the back row (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Jamie Blamire






Position: Hooker
Age: 23
Height: 6ft 1in
Weight: 17st 12lb










“We call him ‘Bush Pig’ or ‘Blammie’,” said the 35-year-old Flood. “He’s very funny off the field, just a daft lad and easy company, but he’s a very good rugby player in general.





His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional.

Toby Flood on Jamie Blamire




“His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional. He’s one of those classic hookers where you say he’d be very comfortable in the back row. He’s very quick, a very good defender and makes good decisions.”





Callum Chick
Callum Chick is hoping to replicate his club form with his country (Photo by Alex Davidson – RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)




Callum Chick







Position: Flanker
Age: 24
Height: 6ft 4in
Weight: 16st 10lb






“He’s your perfect rugby player in that he captained the England Under-18s and is your classic ‘pathway’ back row,” said Flood. “He has probably had to wait a bit longer to get that England recognition as injuries haven’t helped him, but he’s a complete player and is playing as good a rugby at the moment as I’ve seen him play in my time here.





“He has lovely skills and a really good rugby brain on him. He understands the rhythm of the game really well and has a good rapport with the No8, 9 and 10.





In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.

Toby Flood on Callum Chick




“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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Playing for one of the Gallagher Premiership’s more ‘unfashionable’ clubs means that Newcastle’s young Falcons can sometimes fly under the radar. But the quartet of uncapped players in Eddie Jones’ squad have just been named in the matchday 23 for Sunday’s England A game against Scotland A, so they’ll be figuring prominently on TV screens this weekend.





Adam Radwan, Jamie Blamire, Callum Chick and Trevor Davison – with the possible exception of wing Radwan – aren’t household names yet other than in their North-East enclave, but that could all change if they star for England A or get the nod for the upcoming Tests against the USA and Canada.





So to give England fans an insight into what they’re like, both on and off the field, The XV spoke to Newcastle’s former England fly-half/centre Toby Flood, who won 60 caps between 2006-14.





Adam Radwan
Adam Radwan is the fastest player that Toby Flood has played alongside (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)




Adam Radwan







Position:
Wing
Age:
23
Height:
5ft 10in
Weight:
13st 8lb






“On the field, he brings the unknown, he can create something from nothing,” said Flood. “He’s incredibly strong, a power athlete, and he’s probably the quickest player I’ve ever played with.





“You can probably put Chris Ashton up there in terms of speed endurance but Adam is a phenomenon in how quickly he can get going.





You can probably put Chris Ashton up there in terms of speed endurance but Adam is a phenomenon in how quickly he can get going.

Toby Flood on Adam Radwan




“Off the field, he’s very funny, a good lad to have around the side. He’s not very bright… only joking!





“It has been really nice to see him develop. He was let go by Newcastle, then came back in when I returned five years ago. He has really progressed and had a great trajectory. This England environment will be fantastic for him, just to give him an awareness of what he needs to do.”





Jamie Blamire
Jamie Blamire is so mobile, he wouldn’t look out of place in the back row (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Jamie Blamire






Position: Hooker
Age: 23
Height: 6ft 1in
Weight: 17st 12lb










“We call him ‘Bush Pig’ or ‘Blammie’,” said the 35-year-old Flood. “He’s very funny off the field, just a daft lad and easy company, but he’s a very good rugby player in general.





His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional.

Toby Flood on Jamie Blamire




“His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional. He’s one of those classic hookers where you say he’d be very comfortable in the back row. He’s very quick, a very good defender and makes good decisions.”





Callum Chick
Callum Chick is hoping to replicate his club form with his country (Photo by Alex Davidson – RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)




Callum Chick







Position: Flanker
Age: 24
Height: 6ft 4in
Weight: 16st 10lb






“He’s your perfect rugby player in that he captained the England Under-18s and is your classic ‘pathway’ back row,” said Flood. “He has probably had to wait a bit longer to get that England recognition as injuries haven’t helped him, but he’s a complete player and is playing as good a rugby at the moment as I’ve seen him play in my time here.





“He has lovely skills and a really good rugby brain on him. He understands the rhythm of the game really well and has a good rapport with the No8, 9 and 10.





In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.

Toby Flood on Callum Chick




“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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“His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional. He’s one of those classic hookers where you say he’d be very comfortable in the back row. He’s very quick, a very good defender and makes good decisions.”





Callum Chick
Callum Chick is hoping to replicate his club form with his country (Photo by Alex Davidson – RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)




Callum Chick







Position: Flanker
Age: 24
Height: 6ft 4in
Weight: 16st 10lb






“He’s your perfect rugby player in that he captained the England Under-18s and is your classic ‘pathway’ back row,” said Flood. “He has probably had to wait a bit longer to get that England recognition as injuries haven’t helped him, but he’s a complete player and is playing as good a rugby at the moment as I’ve seen him play in my time here.





“He has lovely skills and a really good rugby brain on him. He understands the rhythm of the game really well and has a good rapport with the No8, 9 and 10.





In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.

Toby Flood on Callum Chick




“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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“Off the field, he’s very funny, a good lad to have around the side. He’s not very bright… only joking!





“It has been really nice to see him develop. He was let go by Newcastle, then came back in when I returned five years ago. He has really progressed and had a great trajectory. This England environment will be fantastic for him, just to give him an awareness of what he needs to do.”





Jamie Blamire
Jamie Blamire is so mobile, he wouldn’t look out of place in the back row (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Jamie Blamire






Position: Hooker
Age: 23
Height: 6ft 1in
Weight: 17st 12lb










“We call him ‘Bush Pig’ or ‘Blammie’,” said the 35-year-old Flood. “He’s very funny off the field, just a daft lad and easy company, but he’s a very good rugby player in general.





His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional.

Toby Flood on Jamie Blamire




“His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional. He’s one of those classic hookers where you say he’d be very comfortable in the back row. He’s very quick, a very good defender and makes good decisions.”





Callum Chick
Callum Chick is hoping to replicate his club form with his country (Photo by Alex Davidson – RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)




Callum Chick







Position: Flanker
Age: 24
Height: 6ft 4in
Weight: 16st 10lb






“He’s your perfect rugby player in that he captained the England Under-18s and is your classic ‘pathway’ back row,” said Flood. “He has probably had to wait a bit longer to get that England recognition as injuries haven’t helped him, but he’s a complete player and is playing as good a rugby at the moment as I’ve seen him play in my time here.





“He has lovely skills and a really good rugby brain on him. He understands the rhythm of the game really well and has a good rapport with the No8, 9 and 10.





In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.

Toby Flood on Callum Chick




“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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Playing for one of the Gallagher Premiership’s more ‘unfashionable’ clubs means that Newcastle’s young Falcons can sometimes fly under the radar. But the quartet of uncapped players in Eddie Jones’ squad have just been named in the matchday 23 for Sunday’s England A game against Scotland A, so they’ll be figuring prominently on TV screens this weekend.





Adam Radwan, Jamie Blamire, Callum Chick and Trevor Davison – with the possible exception of wing Radwan – aren’t household names yet other than in their North-East enclave, but that could all change if they star for England A or get the nod for the upcoming Tests against the USA and Canada.





So to give England fans an insight into what they’re like, both on and off the field, The XV spoke to Newcastle’s former England fly-half/centre Toby Flood, who won 60 caps between 2006-14.





Adam Radwan
Adam Radwan is the fastest player that Toby Flood has played alongside (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)




Adam Radwan







Position:
Wing
Age:
23
Height:
5ft 10in
Weight:
13st 8lb






“On the field, he brings the unknown, he can create something from nothing,” said Flood. “He’s incredibly strong, a power athlete, and he’s probably the quickest player I’ve ever played with.





“You can probably put Chris Ashton up there in terms of speed endurance but Adam is a phenomenon in how quickly he can get going.





You can probably put Chris Ashton up there in terms of speed endurance but Adam is a phenomenon in how quickly he can get going.

Toby Flood on Adam Radwan




“Off the field, he’s very funny, a good lad to have around the side. He’s not very bright… only joking!





“It has been really nice to see him develop. He was let go by Newcastle, then came back in when I returned five years ago. He has really progressed and had a great trajectory. This England environment will be fantastic for him, just to give him an awareness of what he needs to do.”





Jamie Blamire
Jamie Blamire is so mobile, he wouldn’t look out of place in the back row (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Jamie Blamire






Position: Hooker
Age: 23
Height: 6ft 1in
Weight: 17st 12lb










“We call him ‘Bush Pig’ or ‘Blammie’,” said the 35-year-old Flood. “He’s very funny off the field, just a daft lad and easy company, but he’s a very good rugby player in general.





His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional.

Toby Flood on Jamie Blamire




“His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional. He’s one of those classic hookers where you say he’d be very comfortable in the back row. He’s very quick, a very good defender and makes good decisions.”





Callum Chick
Callum Chick is hoping to replicate his club form with his country (Photo by Alex Davidson – RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)




Callum Chick







Position: Flanker
Age: 24
Height: 6ft 4in
Weight: 16st 10lb






“He’s your perfect rugby player in that he captained the England Under-18s and is your classic ‘pathway’ back row,” said Flood. “He has probably had to wait a bit longer to get that England recognition as injuries haven’t helped him, but he’s a complete player and is playing as good a rugby at the moment as I’ve seen him play in my time here.





“He has lovely skills and a really good rugby brain on him. He understands the rhythm of the game really well and has a good rapport with the No8, 9 and 10.





In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.

Toby Flood on Callum Chick




“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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“Off the field, he’s very funny, a good lad to have around the side. He’s not very bright… only joking!





“It has been really nice to see him develop. He was let go by Newcastle, then came back in when I returned five years ago. He has really progressed and had a great trajectory. This England environment will be fantastic for him, just to give him an awareness of what he needs to do.”





Jamie Blamire
Jamie Blamire is so mobile, he wouldn’t look out of place in the back row (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Jamie Blamire






Position: Hooker
Age: 23
Height: 6ft 1in
Weight: 17st 12lb










“We call him ‘Bush Pig’ or ‘Blammie’,” said the 35-year-old Flood. “He’s very funny off the field, just a daft lad and easy company, but he’s a very good rugby player in general.





His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional.

Toby Flood on Jamie Blamire




“His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional. He’s one of those classic hookers where you say he’d be very comfortable in the back row. He’s very quick, a very good defender and makes good decisions.”





Callum Chick
Callum Chick is hoping to replicate his club form with his country (Photo by Alex Davidson – RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)




Callum Chick







Position: Flanker
Age: 24
Height: 6ft 4in
Weight: 16st 10lb






“He’s your perfect rugby player in that he captained the England Under-18s and is your classic ‘pathway’ back row,” said Flood. “He has probably had to wait a bit longer to get that England recognition as injuries haven’t helped him, but he’s a complete player and is playing as good a rugby at the moment as I’ve seen him play in my time here.





“He has lovely skills and a really good rugby brain on him. He understands the rhythm of the game really well and has a good rapport with the No8, 9 and 10.





In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.

Toby Flood on Callum Chick




“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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Playing for one of the Gallagher Premiership’s more ‘unfashionable’ clubs means that Newcastle’s young Falcons can sometimes fly under the radar. But the quartet of uncapped players in Eddie Jones’ squad have just been named in the matchday 23 for Sunday’s England A game against Scotland A, so they’ll be figuring prominently on TV screens this weekend.





Adam Radwan, Jamie Blamire, Callum Chick and Trevor Davison – with the possible exception of wing Radwan – aren’t household names yet other than in their North-East enclave, but that could all change if they star for England A or get the nod for the upcoming Tests against the USA and Canada.





So to give England fans an insight into what they’re like, both on and off the field, The XV spoke to Newcastle’s former England fly-half/centre Toby Flood, who won 60 caps between 2006-14.





Adam Radwan
Adam Radwan is the fastest player that Toby Flood has played alongside (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)




Adam Radwan







Position:
Wing
Age:
23
Height:
5ft 10in
Weight:
13st 8lb






“On the field, he brings the unknown, he can create something from nothing,” said Flood. “He’s incredibly strong, a power athlete, and he’s probably the quickest player I’ve ever played with.





“You can probably put Chris Ashton up there in terms of speed endurance but Adam is a phenomenon in how quickly he can get going.





You can probably put Chris Ashton up there in terms of speed endurance but Adam is a phenomenon in how quickly he can get going.

Toby Flood on Adam Radwan




“Off the field, he’s very funny, a good lad to have around the side. He’s not very bright… only joking!





“It has been really nice to see him develop. He was let go by Newcastle, then came back in when I returned five years ago. He has really progressed and had a great trajectory. This England environment will be fantastic for him, just to give him an awareness of what he needs to do.”





Jamie Blamire
Jamie Blamire is so mobile, he wouldn’t look out of place in the back row (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Jamie Blamire






Position: Hooker
Age: 23
Height: 6ft 1in
Weight: 17st 12lb










“We call him ‘Bush Pig’ or ‘Blammie’,” said the 35-year-old Flood. “He’s very funny off the field, just a daft lad and easy company, but he’s a very good rugby player in general.





His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional.

Toby Flood on Jamie Blamire




“His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional. He’s one of those classic hookers where you say he’d be very comfortable in the back row. He’s very quick, a very good defender and makes good decisions.”





Callum Chick
Callum Chick is hoping to replicate his club form with his country (Photo by Alex Davidson – RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)




Callum Chick







Position: Flanker
Age: 24
Height: 6ft 4in
Weight: 16st 10lb






“He’s your perfect rugby player in that he captained the England Under-18s and is your classic ‘pathway’ back row,” said Flood. “He has probably had to wait a bit longer to get that England recognition as injuries haven’t helped him, but he’s a complete player and is playing as good a rugby at the moment as I’ve seen him play in my time here.





“He has lovely skills and a really good rugby brain on him. He understands the rhythm of the game really well and has a good rapport with the No8, 9 and 10.





In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.

Toby Flood on Callum Chick




“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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“His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional. He’s one of those classic hookers where you say he’d be very comfortable in the back row. He’s very quick, a very good defender and makes good decisions.”





Callum Chick
Callum Chick is hoping to replicate his club form with his country (Photo by Alex Davidson – RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)




Callum Chick







Position: Flanker
Age: 24
Height: 6ft 4in
Weight: 16st 10lb






“He’s your perfect rugby player in that he captained the England Under-18s and is your classic ‘pathway’ back row,” said Flood. “He has probably had to wait a bit longer to get that England recognition as injuries haven’t helped him, but he’s a complete player and is playing as good a rugby at the moment as I’ve seen him play in my time here.





“He has lovely skills and a really good rugby brain on him. He understands the rhythm of the game really well and has a good rapport with the No8, 9 and 10.





In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.

Toby Flood on Callum Chick




“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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“Off the field, he’s very funny, a good lad to have around the side. He’s not very bright… only joking!





“It has been really nice to see him develop. He was let go by Newcastle, then came back in when I returned five years ago. He has really progressed and had a great trajectory. This England environment will be fantastic for him, just to give him an awareness of what he needs to do.”





Jamie Blamire
Jamie Blamire is so mobile, he wouldn’t look out of place in the back row (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Jamie Blamire






Position: Hooker
Age: 23
Height: 6ft 1in
Weight: 17st 12lb










“We call him ‘Bush Pig’ or ‘Blammie’,” said the 35-year-old Flood. “He’s very funny off the field, just a daft lad and easy company, but he’s a very good rugby player in general.





His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional.

Toby Flood on Jamie Blamire




“His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional. He’s one of those classic hookers where you say he’d be very comfortable in the back row. He’s very quick, a very good defender and makes good decisions.”





Callum Chick
Callum Chick is hoping to replicate his club form with his country (Photo by Alex Davidson – RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)




Callum Chick







Position: Flanker
Age: 24
Height: 6ft 4in
Weight: 16st 10lb






“He’s your perfect rugby player in that he captained the England Under-18s and is your classic ‘pathway’ back row,” said Flood. “He has probably had to wait a bit longer to get that England recognition as injuries haven’t helped him, but he’s a complete player and is playing as good a rugby at the moment as I’ve seen him play in my time here.





“He has lovely skills and a really good rugby brain on him. He understands the rhythm of the game really well and has a good rapport with the No8, 9 and 10.





In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.

Toby Flood on Callum Chick




“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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Playing for one of the Gallagher Premiership’s more ‘unfashionable’ clubs means that Newcastle’s young Falcons can sometimes fly under the radar. But the quartet of uncapped players in Eddie Jones’ squad have just been named in the matchday 23 for Sunday’s England A game against Scotland A, so they’ll be figuring prominently on TV screens this weekend.





Adam Radwan, Jamie Blamire, Callum Chick and Trevor Davison – with the possible exception of wing Radwan – aren’t household names yet other than in their North-East enclave, but that could all change if they star for England A or get the nod for the upcoming Tests against the USA and Canada.





So to give England fans an insight into what they’re like, both on and off the field, The XV spoke to Newcastle’s former England fly-half/centre Toby Flood, who won 60 caps between 2006-14.





Adam Radwan
Adam Radwan is the fastest player that Toby Flood has played alongside (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)




Adam Radwan







Position:
Wing
Age:
23
Height:
5ft 10in
Weight:
13st 8lb






“On the field, he brings the unknown, he can create something from nothing,” said Flood. “He’s incredibly strong, a power athlete, and he’s probably the quickest player I’ve ever played with.





“You can probably put Chris Ashton up there in terms of speed endurance but Adam is a phenomenon in how quickly he can get going.





You can probably put Chris Ashton up there in terms of speed endurance but Adam is a phenomenon in how quickly he can get going.

Toby Flood on Adam Radwan




“Off the field, he’s very funny, a good lad to have around the side. He’s not very bright… only joking!





“It has been really nice to see him develop. He was let go by Newcastle, then came back in when I returned five years ago. He has really progressed and had a great trajectory. This England environment will be fantastic for him, just to give him an awareness of what he needs to do.”





Jamie Blamire
Jamie Blamire is so mobile, he wouldn’t look out of place in the back row (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Jamie Blamire






Position: Hooker
Age: 23
Height: 6ft 1in
Weight: 17st 12lb










“We call him ‘Bush Pig’ or ‘Blammie’,” said the 35-year-old Flood. “He’s very funny off the field, just a daft lad and easy company, but he’s a very good rugby player in general.





His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional.

Toby Flood on Jamie Blamire




“His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional. He’s one of those classic hookers where you say he’d be very comfortable in the back row. He’s very quick, a very good defender and makes good decisions.”





Callum Chick
Callum Chick is hoping to replicate his club form with his country (Photo by Alex Davidson – RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)




Callum Chick







Position: Flanker
Age: 24
Height: 6ft 4in
Weight: 16st 10lb






“He’s your perfect rugby player in that he captained the England Under-18s and is your classic ‘pathway’ back row,” said Flood. “He has probably had to wait a bit longer to get that England recognition as injuries haven’t helped him, but he’s a complete player and is playing as good a rugby at the moment as I’ve seen him play in my time here.





“He has lovely skills and a really good rugby brain on him. He understands the rhythm of the game really well and has a good rapport with the No8, 9 and 10.





In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.

Toby Flood on Callum Chick




“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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“His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional. He’s one of those classic hookers where you say he’d be very comfortable in the back row. He’s very quick, a very good defender and makes good decisions.”





Callum Chick
Callum Chick is hoping to replicate his club form with his country (Photo by Alex Davidson – RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)




Callum Chick







Position: Flanker
Age: 24
Height: 6ft 4in
Weight: 16st 10lb






“He’s your perfect rugby player in that he captained the England Under-18s and is your classic ‘pathway’ back row,” said Flood. “He has probably had to wait a bit longer to get that England recognition as injuries haven’t helped him, but he’s a complete player and is playing as good a rugby at the moment as I’ve seen him play in my time here.





“He has lovely skills and a really good rugby brain on him. He understands the rhythm of the game really well and has a good rapport with the No8, 9 and 10.





In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.

Toby Flood on Callum Chick




“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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“Off the field, he’s very funny, a good lad to have around the side. He’s not very bright… only joking!





“It has been really nice to see him develop. He was let go by Newcastle, then came back in when I returned five years ago. He has really progressed and had a great trajectory. This England environment will be fantastic for him, just to give him an awareness of what he needs to do.”





Jamie Blamire
Jamie Blamire is so mobile, he wouldn’t look out of place in the back row (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Jamie Blamire






Position: Hooker
Age: 23
Height: 6ft 1in
Weight: 17st 12lb










“We call him ‘Bush Pig’ or ‘Blammie’,” said the 35-year-old Flood. “He’s very funny off the field, just a daft lad and easy company, but he’s a very good rugby player in general.





His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional.

Toby Flood on Jamie Blamire




“His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional. He’s one of those classic hookers where you say he’d be very comfortable in the back row. He’s very quick, a very good defender and makes good decisions.”





Callum Chick
Callum Chick is hoping to replicate his club form with his country (Photo by Alex Davidson – RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)




Callum Chick







Position: Flanker
Age: 24
Height: 6ft 4in
Weight: 16st 10lb






“He’s your perfect rugby player in that he captained the England Under-18s and is your classic ‘pathway’ back row,” said Flood. “He has probably had to wait a bit longer to get that England recognition as injuries haven’t helped him, but he’s a complete player and is playing as good a rugby at the moment as I’ve seen him play in my time here.





“He has lovely skills and a really good rugby brain on him. He understands the rhythm of the game really well and has a good rapport with the No8, 9 and 10.





In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.

Toby Flood on Callum Chick




“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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Playing for one of the Gallagher Premiership’s more ‘unfashionable’ clubs means that Newcastle’s young Falcons can sometimes fly under the radar. But the quartet of uncapped players in Eddie Jones’ squad have just been named in the matchday 23 for Sunday’s England A game against Scotland A, so they’ll be figuring prominently on TV screens this weekend.





Adam Radwan, Jamie Blamire, Callum Chick and Trevor Davison – with the possible exception of wing Radwan – aren’t household names yet other than in their North-East enclave, but that could all change if they star for England A or get the nod for the upcoming Tests against the USA and Canada.





So to give England fans an insight into what they’re like, both on and off the field, The XV spoke to Newcastle’s former England fly-half/centre Toby Flood, who won 60 caps between 2006-14.





Adam Radwan
Adam Radwan is the fastest player that Toby Flood has played alongside (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)




Adam Radwan







Position:
Wing
Age:
23
Height:
5ft 10in
Weight:
13st 8lb






“On the field, he brings the unknown, he can create something from nothing,” said Flood. “He’s incredibly strong, a power athlete, and he’s probably the quickest player I’ve ever played with.





“You can probably put Chris Ashton up there in terms of speed endurance but Adam is a phenomenon in how quickly he can get going.





You can probably put Chris Ashton up there in terms of speed endurance but Adam is a phenomenon in how quickly he can get going.

Toby Flood on Adam Radwan




“Off the field, he’s very funny, a good lad to have around the side. He’s not very bright… only joking!





“It has been really nice to see him develop. He was let go by Newcastle, then came back in when I returned five years ago. He has really progressed and had a great trajectory. This England environment will be fantastic for him, just to give him an awareness of what he needs to do.”





Jamie Blamire
Jamie Blamire is so mobile, he wouldn’t look out of place in the back row (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Jamie Blamire






Position: Hooker
Age: 23
Height: 6ft 1in
Weight: 17st 12lb










“We call him ‘Bush Pig’ or ‘Blammie’,” said the 35-year-old Flood. “He’s very funny off the field, just a daft lad and easy company, but he’s a very good rugby player in general.





His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional.

Toby Flood on Jamie Blamire




“His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional. He’s one of those classic hookers where you say he’d be very comfortable in the back row. He’s very quick, a very good defender and makes good decisions.”





Callum Chick
Callum Chick is hoping to replicate his club form with his country (Photo by Alex Davidson – RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)




Callum Chick







Position: Flanker
Age: 24
Height: 6ft 4in
Weight: 16st 10lb






“He’s your perfect rugby player in that he captained the England Under-18s and is your classic ‘pathway’ back row,” said Flood. “He has probably had to wait a bit longer to get that England recognition as injuries haven’t helped him, but he’s a complete player and is playing as good a rugby at the moment as I’ve seen him play in my time here.





“He has lovely skills and a really good rugby brain on him. He understands the rhythm of the game really well and has a good rapport with the No8, 9 and 10.





In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.

Toby Flood on Callum Chick




“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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“His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional. He’s one of those classic hookers where you say he’d be very comfortable in the back row. He’s very quick, a very good defender and makes good decisions.”





Callum Chick
Callum Chick is hoping to replicate his club form with his country (Photo by Alex Davidson – RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)




Callum Chick







Position: Flanker
Age: 24
Height: 6ft 4in
Weight: 16st 10lb






“He’s your perfect rugby player in that he captained the England Under-18s and is your classic ‘pathway’ back row,” said Flood. “He has probably had to wait a bit longer to get that England recognition as injuries haven’t helped him, but he’s a complete player and is playing as good a rugby at the moment as I’ve seen him play in my time here.





“He has lovely skills and a really good rugby brain on him. He understands the rhythm of the game really well and has a good rapport with the No8, 9 and 10.





In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.

Toby Flood on Callum Chick




“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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“Off the field, he’s very funny, a good lad to have around the side. He’s not very bright… only joking!





“It has been really nice to see him develop. He was let go by Newcastle, then came back in when I returned five years ago. He has really progressed and had a great trajectory. This England environment will be fantastic for him, just to give him an awareness of what he needs to do.”





Jamie Blamire
Jamie Blamire is so mobile, he wouldn’t look out of place in the back row (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Jamie Blamire






Position: Hooker
Age: 23
Height: 6ft 1in
Weight: 17st 12lb










“We call him ‘Bush Pig’ or ‘Blammie’,” said the 35-year-old Flood. “He’s very funny off the field, just a daft lad and easy company, but he’s a very good rugby player in general.





His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional.

Toby Flood on Jamie Blamire




“His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional. He’s one of those classic hookers where you say he’d be very comfortable in the back row. He’s very quick, a very good defender and makes good decisions.”





Callum Chick
Callum Chick is hoping to replicate his club form with his country (Photo by Alex Davidson – RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)




Callum Chick







Position: Flanker
Age: 24
Height: 6ft 4in
Weight: 16st 10lb






“He’s your perfect rugby player in that he captained the England Under-18s and is your classic ‘pathway’ back row,” said Flood. “He has probably had to wait a bit longer to get that England recognition as injuries haven’t helped him, but he’s a complete player and is playing as good a rugby at the moment as I’ve seen him play in my time here.





“He has lovely skills and a really good rugby brain on him. He understands the rhythm of the game really well and has a good rapport with the No8, 9 and 10.





In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.

Toby Flood on Callum Chick




“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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Playing for one of the Gallagher Premiership’s more ‘unfashionable’ clubs means that Newcastle’s young Falcons can sometimes fly under the radar. But the quartet of uncapped players in Eddie Jones’ squad have just been named in the matchday 23 for Sunday’s England A game against Scotland A, so they’ll be figuring prominently on TV screens this weekend.





Adam Radwan, Jamie Blamire, Callum Chick and Trevor Davison – with the possible exception of wing Radwan – aren’t household names yet other than in their North-East enclave, but that could all change if they star for England A or get the nod for the upcoming Tests against the USA and Canada.





So to give England fans an insight into what they’re like, both on and off the field, The XV spoke to Newcastle’s former England fly-half/centre Toby Flood, who won 60 caps between 2006-14.





Adam Radwan
Adam Radwan is the fastest player that Toby Flood has played alongside (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)




Adam Radwan







Position:
Wing
Age:
23
Height:
5ft 10in
Weight:
13st 8lb






“On the field, he brings the unknown, he can create something from nothing,” said Flood. “He’s incredibly strong, a power athlete, and he’s probably the quickest player I’ve ever played with.





“You can probably put Chris Ashton up there in terms of speed endurance but Adam is a phenomenon in how quickly he can get going.





You can probably put Chris Ashton up there in terms of speed endurance but Adam is a phenomenon in how quickly he can get going.

Toby Flood on Adam Radwan




“Off the field, he’s very funny, a good lad to have around the side. He’s not very bright… only joking!





“It has been really nice to see him develop. He was let go by Newcastle, then came back in when I returned five years ago. He has really progressed and had a great trajectory. This England environment will be fantastic for him, just to give him an awareness of what he needs to do.”





Jamie Blamire
Jamie Blamire is so mobile, he wouldn’t look out of place in the back row (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Jamie Blamire






Position: Hooker
Age: 23
Height: 6ft 1in
Weight: 17st 12lb










“We call him ‘Bush Pig’ or ‘Blammie’,” said the 35-year-old Flood. “He’s very funny off the field, just a daft lad and easy company, but he’s a very good rugby player in general.





His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional.

Toby Flood on Jamie Blamire




“His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional. He’s one of those classic hookers where you say he’d be very comfortable in the back row. He’s very quick, a very good defender and makes good decisions.”





Callum Chick
Callum Chick is hoping to replicate his club form with his country (Photo by Alex Davidson – RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)




Callum Chick







Position: Flanker
Age: 24
Height: 6ft 4in
Weight: 16st 10lb






“He’s your perfect rugby player in that he captained the England Under-18s and is your classic ‘pathway’ back row,” said Flood. “He has probably had to wait a bit longer to get that England recognition as injuries haven’t helped him, but he’s a complete player and is playing as good a rugby at the moment as I’ve seen him play in my time here.





“He has lovely skills and a really good rugby brain on him. He understands the rhythm of the game really well and has a good rapport with the No8, 9 and 10.





In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.

Toby Flood on Callum Chick




“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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Playing for one of the Gallagher Premiership’s more ‘unfashionable’ clubs means that Newcastle’s young Falcons can sometimes fly under the radar. But the quartet of uncapped players in Eddie Jones’ squad have just been named in the matchday 23 for Sunday’s England A game against Scotland A, so they’ll be figuring prominently on TV screens this weekend.





Adam Radwan, Jamie Blamire, Callum Chick and Trevor Davison – with the possible exception of wing Radwan – aren’t household names yet other than in their North-East enclave, but that could all change if they star for England A or get the nod for the upcoming Tests against the USA and Canada.





So to give England fans an insight into what they’re like, both on and off the field, The XV spoke to Newcastle’s former England fly-half/centre Toby Flood, who won 60 caps between 2006-14.





Adam Radwan
Adam Radwan is the fastest player that Toby Flood has played alongside (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)




Adam Radwan







Position:
Wing
Age:
23
Height:
5ft 10in
Weight:
13st 8lb






“On the field, he brings the unknown, he can create something from nothing,” said Flood. “He’s incredibly strong, a power athlete, and he’s probably the quickest player I’ve ever played with.





“You can probably put Chris Ashton up there in terms of speed endurance but Adam is a phenomenon in how quickly he can get going.





You can probably put Chris Ashton up there in terms of speed endurance but Adam is a phenomenon in how quickly he can get going.

Toby Flood on Adam Radwan




“Off the field, he’s very funny, a good lad to have around the side. He’s not very bright… only joking!





“It has been really nice to see him develop. He was let go by Newcastle, then came back in when I returned five years ago. He has really progressed and had a great trajectory. This England environment will be fantastic for him, just to give him an awareness of what he needs to do.”





Jamie Blamire
Jamie Blamire is so mobile, he wouldn’t look out of place in the back row (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Jamie Blamire






Position: Hooker
Age: 23
Height: 6ft 1in
Weight: 17st 12lb










“We call him ‘Bush Pig’ or ‘Blammie’,” said the 35-year-old Flood. “He’s very funny off the field, just a daft lad and easy company, but he’s a very good rugby player in general.





His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional.

Toby Flood on Jamie Blamire




“His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional. He’s one of those classic hookers where you say he’d be very comfortable in the back row. He’s very quick, a very good defender and makes good decisions.”





Callum Chick
Callum Chick is hoping to replicate his club form with his country (Photo by Alex Davidson – RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)




Callum Chick







Position: Flanker
Age: 24
Height: 6ft 4in
Weight: 16st 10lb






“He’s your perfect rugby player in that he captained the England Under-18s and is your classic ‘pathway’ back row,” said Flood. “He has probably had to wait a bit longer to get that England recognition as injuries haven’t helped him, but he’s a complete player and is playing as good a rugby at the moment as I’ve seen him play in my time here.





“He has lovely skills and a really good rugby brain on him. He understands the rhythm of the game really well and has a good rapport with the No8, 9 and 10.





In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.

Toby Flood on Callum Chick




“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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“Off the field, he’s very funny, a good lad to have around the side. He’s not very bright… only joking!





“It has been really nice to see him develop. He was let go by Newcastle, then came back in when I returned five years ago. He has really progressed and had a great trajectory. This England environment will be fantastic for him, just to give him an awareness of what he needs to do.”





Jamie Blamire
Jamie Blamire is so mobile, he wouldn’t look out of place in the back row (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Jamie Blamire






Position: Hooker
Age: 23
Height: 6ft 1in
Weight: 17st 12lb










“We call him ‘Bush Pig’ or ‘Blammie’,” said the 35-year-old Flood. “He’s very funny off the field, just a daft lad and easy company, but he’s a very good rugby player in general.





His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional.

Toby Flood on Jamie Blamire




“His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional. He’s one of those classic hookers where you say he’d be very comfortable in the back row. He’s very quick, a very good defender and makes good decisions.”





Callum Chick
Callum Chick is hoping to replicate his club form with his country (Photo by Alex Davidson – RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)




Callum Chick







Position: Flanker
Age: 24
Height: 6ft 4in
Weight: 16st 10lb






“He’s your perfect rugby player in that he captained the England Under-18s and is your classic ‘pathway’ back row,” said Flood. “He has probably had to wait a bit longer to get that England recognition as injuries haven’t helped him, but he’s a complete player and is playing as good a rugby at the moment as I’ve seen him play in my time here.





“He has lovely skills and a really good rugby brain on him. He understands the rhythm of the game really well and has a good rapport with the No8, 9 and 10.





In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.

Toby Flood on Callum Chick




“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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Playing for one of the Gallagher Premiership’s more ‘unfashionable’ clubs means that Newcastle’s young Falcons can sometimes fly under the radar. But the quartet of uncapped players in Eddie Jones’ squad have just been named in the matchday 23 for Sunday’s England A game against Scotland A, so they’ll be figuring prominently on TV screens this weekend.





Adam Radwan, Jamie Blamire, Callum Chick and Trevor Davison – with the possible exception of wing Radwan – aren’t household names yet other than in their North-East enclave, but that could all change if they star for England A or get the nod for the upcoming Tests against the USA and Canada.





So to give England fans an insight into what they’re like, both on and off the field, The XV spoke to Newcastle’s former England fly-half/centre Toby Flood, who won 60 caps between 2006-14.





Adam Radwan
Adam Radwan is the fastest player that Toby Flood has played alongside (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)




Adam Radwan







Position:
Wing
Age:
23
Height:
5ft 10in
Weight:
13st 8lb






“On the field, he brings the unknown, he can create something from nothing,” said Flood. “He’s incredibly strong, a power athlete, and he’s probably the quickest player I’ve ever played with.





“You can probably put Chris Ashton up there in terms of speed endurance but Adam is a phenomenon in how quickly he can get going.





You can probably put Chris Ashton up there in terms of speed endurance but Adam is a phenomenon in how quickly he can get going.

Toby Flood on Adam Radwan




“Off the field, he’s very funny, a good lad to have around the side. He’s not very bright… only joking!





“It has been really nice to see him develop. He was let go by Newcastle, then came back in when I returned five years ago. He has really progressed and had a great trajectory. This England environment will be fantastic for him, just to give him an awareness of what he needs to do.”





Jamie Blamire
Jamie Blamire is so mobile, he wouldn’t look out of place in the back row (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Jamie Blamire






Position: Hooker
Age: 23
Height: 6ft 1in
Weight: 17st 12lb










“We call him ‘Bush Pig’ or ‘Blammie’,” said the 35-year-old Flood. “He’s very funny off the field, just a daft lad and easy company, but he’s a very good rugby player in general.





His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional.

Toby Flood on Jamie Blamire




“His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional. He’s one of those classic hookers where you say he’d be very comfortable in the back row. He’s very quick, a very good defender and makes good decisions.”





Callum Chick
Callum Chick is hoping to replicate his club form with his country (Photo by Alex Davidson – RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)




Callum Chick







Position: Flanker
Age: 24
Height: 6ft 4in
Weight: 16st 10lb






“He’s your perfect rugby player in that he captained the England Under-18s and is your classic ‘pathway’ back row,” said Flood. “He has probably had to wait a bit longer to get that England recognition as injuries haven’t helped him, but he’s a complete player and is playing as good a rugby at the moment as I’ve seen him play in my time here.





“He has lovely skills and a really good rugby brain on him. He understands the rhythm of the game really well and has a good rapport with the No8, 9 and 10.





In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.

Toby Flood on Callum Chick




“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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“His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional. He’s one of those classic hookers where you say he’d be very comfortable in the back row. He’s very quick, a very good defender and makes good decisions.”





Callum Chick
Callum Chick is hoping to replicate his club form with his country (Photo by Alex Davidson – RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)




Callum Chick







Position: Flanker
Age: 24
Height: 6ft 4in
Weight: 16st 10lb






“He’s your perfect rugby player in that he captained the England Under-18s and is your classic ‘pathway’ back row,” said Flood. “He has probably had to wait a bit longer to get that England recognition as injuries haven’t helped him, but he’s a complete player and is playing as good a rugby at the moment as I’ve seen him play in my time here.





“He has lovely skills and a really good rugby brain on him. He understands the rhythm of the game really well and has a good rapport with the No8, 9 and 10.





In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.

Toby Flood on Callum Chick




“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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“Off the field, he’s very funny, a good lad to have around the side. He’s not very bright… only joking!





“It has been really nice to see him develop. He was let go by Newcastle, then came back in when I returned five years ago. He has really progressed and had a great trajectory. This England environment will be fantastic for him, just to give him an awareness of what he needs to do.”





Jamie Blamire
Jamie Blamire is so mobile, he wouldn’t look out of place in the back row (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Jamie Blamire






Position: Hooker
Age: 23
Height: 6ft 1in
Weight: 17st 12lb










“We call him ‘Bush Pig’ or ‘Blammie’,” said the 35-year-old Flood. “He’s very funny off the field, just a daft lad and easy company, but he’s a very good rugby player in general.





His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional.

Toby Flood on Jamie Blamire




“His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional. He’s one of those classic hookers where you say he’d be very comfortable in the back row. He’s very quick, a very good defender and makes good decisions.”





Callum Chick
Callum Chick is hoping to replicate his club form with his country (Photo by Alex Davidson – RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)




Callum Chick







Position: Flanker
Age: 24
Height: 6ft 4in
Weight: 16st 10lb






“He’s your perfect rugby player in that he captained the England Under-18s and is your classic ‘pathway’ back row,” said Flood. “He has probably had to wait a bit longer to get that England recognition as injuries haven’t helped him, but he’s a complete player and is playing as good a rugby at the moment as I’ve seen him play in my time here.





“He has lovely skills and a really good rugby brain on him. He understands the rhythm of the game really well and has a good rapport with the No8, 9 and 10.





In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.

Toby Flood on Callum Chick




“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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Playing for one of the Gallagher Premiership’s more ‘unfashionable’ clubs means that Newcastle’s young Falcons can sometimes fly under the radar. But the quartet of uncapped players in Eddie Jones’ squad have just been named in the matchday 23 for Sunday’s England A game against Scotland A, so they’ll be figuring prominently on TV screens this weekend.





Adam Radwan, Jamie Blamire, Callum Chick and Trevor Davison – with the possible exception of wing Radwan – aren’t household names yet other than in their North-East enclave, but that could all change if they star for England A or get the nod for the upcoming Tests against the USA and Canada.





So to give England fans an insight into what they’re like, both on and off the field, The XV spoke to Newcastle’s former England fly-half/centre Toby Flood, who won 60 caps between 2006-14.





Adam Radwan
Adam Radwan is the fastest player that Toby Flood has played alongside (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)




Adam Radwan







Position:
Wing
Age:
23
Height:
5ft 10in
Weight:
13st 8lb






“On the field, he brings the unknown, he can create something from nothing,” said Flood. “He’s incredibly strong, a power athlete, and he’s probably the quickest player I’ve ever played with.





“You can probably put Chris Ashton up there in terms of speed endurance but Adam is a phenomenon in how quickly he can get going.





You can probably put Chris Ashton up there in terms of speed endurance but Adam is a phenomenon in how quickly he can get going.

Toby Flood on Adam Radwan




“Off the field, he’s very funny, a good lad to have around the side. He’s not very bright… only joking!





“It has been really nice to see him develop. He was let go by Newcastle, then came back in when I returned five years ago. He has really progressed and had a great trajectory. This England environment will be fantastic for him, just to give him an awareness of what he needs to do.”





Jamie Blamire
Jamie Blamire is so mobile, he wouldn’t look out of place in the back row (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Jamie Blamire






Position: Hooker
Age: 23
Height: 6ft 1in
Weight: 17st 12lb










“We call him ‘Bush Pig’ or ‘Blammie’,” said the 35-year-old Flood. “He’s very funny off the field, just a daft lad and easy company, but he’s a very good rugby player in general.





His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional.

Toby Flood on Jamie Blamire




“His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional. He’s one of those classic hookers where you say he’d be very comfortable in the back row. He’s very quick, a very good defender and makes good decisions.”





Callum Chick
Callum Chick is hoping to replicate his club form with his country (Photo by Alex Davidson – RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)




Callum Chick







Position: Flanker
Age: 24
Height: 6ft 4in
Weight: 16st 10lb






“He’s your perfect rugby player in that he captained the England Under-18s and is your classic ‘pathway’ back row,” said Flood. “He has probably had to wait a bit longer to get that England recognition as injuries haven’t helped him, but he’s a complete player and is playing as good a rugby at the moment as I’ve seen him play in my time here.





“He has lovely skills and a really good rugby brain on him. He understands the rhythm of the game really well and has a good rapport with the No8, 9 and 10.





In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.

Toby Flood on Callum Chick




“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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Playing for one of the Gallagher Premiership’s more ‘unfashionable’ clubs means that Newcastle’s young Falcons can sometimes fly under the radar. But the quartet of uncapped players in Eddie Jones’ squad have just been named in the matchday 23 for Sunday’s England A game against Scotland A, so they’ll be figuring prominently on TV screens this weekend.





Adam Radwan, Jamie Blamire, Callum Chick and Trevor Davison – with the possible exception of wing Radwan – aren’t household names yet other than in their North-East enclave, but that could all change if they star for England A or get the nod for the upcoming Tests against the USA and Canada.





So to give England fans an insight into what they’re like, both on and off the field, The XV spoke to Newcastle’s former England fly-half/centre Toby Flood, who won 60 caps between 2006-14.





Adam Radwan
Adam Radwan is the fastest player that Toby Flood has played alongside (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)




Adam Radwan







Position:
Wing
Age:
23
Height:
5ft 10in
Weight:
13st 8lb






“On the field, he brings the unknown, he can create something from nothing,” said Flood. “He’s incredibly strong, a power athlete, and he’s probably the quickest player I’ve ever played with.





“You can probably put Chris Ashton up there in terms of speed endurance but Adam is a phenomenon in how quickly he can get going.





You can probably put Chris Ashton up there in terms of speed endurance but Adam is a phenomenon in how quickly he can get going.

Toby Flood on Adam Radwan




“Off the field, he’s very funny, a good lad to have around the side. He’s not very bright… only joking!





“It has been really nice to see him develop. He was let go by Newcastle, then came back in when I returned five years ago. He has really progressed and had a great trajectory. This England environment will be fantastic for him, just to give him an awareness of what he needs to do.”





Jamie Blamire
Jamie Blamire is so mobile, he wouldn’t look out of place in the back row (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Jamie Blamire






Position: Hooker
Age: 23
Height: 6ft 1in
Weight: 17st 12lb










“We call him ‘Bush Pig’ or ‘Blammie’,” said the 35-year-old Flood. “He’s very funny off the field, just a daft lad and easy company, but he’s a very good rugby player in general.





His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional.

Toby Flood on Jamie Blamire




“His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional. He’s one of those classic hookers where you say he’d be very comfortable in the back row. He’s very quick, a very good defender and makes good decisions.”





Callum Chick
Callum Chick is hoping to replicate his club form with his country (Photo by Alex Davidson – RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)




Callum Chick







Position: Flanker
Age: 24
Height: 6ft 4in
Weight: 16st 10lb






“He’s your perfect rugby player in that he captained the England Under-18s and is your classic ‘pathway’ back row,” said Flood. “He has probably had to wait a bit longer to get that England recognition as injuries haven’t helped him, but he’s a complete player and is playing as good a rugby at the moment as I’ve seen him play in my time here.





“He has lovely skills and a really good rugby brain on him. He understands the rhythm of the game really well and has a good rapport with the No8, 9 and 10.





In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.

Toby Flood on Callum Chick




“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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“Off the field, he’s very funny, a good lad to have around the side. He’s not very bright… only joking!





“It has been really nice to see him develop. He was let go by Newcastle, then came back in when I returned five years ago. He has really progressed and had a great trajectory. This England environment will be fantastic for him, just to give him an awareness of what he needs to do.”





Jamie Blamire
Jamie Blamire is so mobile, he wouldn’t look out of place in the back row (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Jamie Blamire






Position: Hooker
Age: 23
Height: 6ft 1in
Weight: 17st 12lb










“We call him ‘Bush Pig’ or ‘Blammie’,” said the 35-year-old Flood. “He’s very funny off the field, just a daft lad and easy company, but he’s a very good rugby player in general.





His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional.

Toby Flood on Jamie Blamire




“His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional. He’s one of those classic hookers where you say he’d be very comfortable in the back row. He’s very quick, a very good defender and makes good decisions.”





Callum Chick
Callum Chick is hoping to replicate his club form with his country (Photo by Alex Davidson – RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)




Callum Chick







Position: Flanker
Age: 24
Height: 6ft 4in
Weight: 16st 10lb






“He’s your perfect rugby player in that he captained the England Under-18s and is your classic ‘pathway’ back row,” said Flood. “He has probably had to wait a bit longer to get that England recognition as injuries haven’t helped him, but he’s a complete player and is playing as good a rugby at the moment as I’ve seen him play in my time here.





“He has lovely skills and a really good rugby brain on him. He understands the rhythm of the game really well and has a good rapport with the No8, 9 and 10.





In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.

Toby Flood on Callum Chick




“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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Playing for one of the Gallagher Premiership’s more ‘unfashionable’ clubs means that Newcastle’s young Falcons can sometimes fly under the radar. But the quartet of uncapped players in Eddie Jones’ squad have just been named in the matchday 23 for Sunday’s England A game against Scotland A, so they’ll be figuring prominently on TV screens this weekend.





Adam Radwan, Jamie Blamire, Callum Chick and Trevor Davison – with the possible exception of wing Radwan – aren’t household names yet other than in their North-East enclave, but that could all change if they star for England A or get the nod for the upcoming Tests against the USA and Canada.





So to give England fans an insight into what they’re like, both on and off the field, The XV spoke to Newcastle’s former England fly-half/centre Toby Flood, who won 60 caps between 2006-14.





Adam Radwan
Adam Radwan is the fastest player that Toby Flood has played alongside (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)




Adam Radwan







Position:
Wing
Age:
23
Height:
5ft 10in
Weight:
13st 8lb






“On the field, he brings the unknown, he can create something from nothing,” said Flood. “He’s incredibly strong, a power athlete, and he’s probably the quickest player I’ve ever played with.





“You can probably put Chris Ashton up there in terms of speed endurance but Adam is a phenomenon in how quickly he can get going.





You can probably put Chris Ashton up there in terms of speed endurance but Adam is a phenomenon in how quickly he can get going.

Toby Flood on Adam Radwan




“Off the field, he’s very funny, a good lad to have around the side. He’s not very bright… only joking!





“It has been really nice to see him develop. He was let go by Newcastle, then came back in when I returned five years ago. He has really progressed and had a great trajectory. This England environment will be fantastic for him, just to give him an awareness of what he needs to do.”





Jamie Blamire
Jamie Blamire is so mobile, he wouldn’t look out of place in the back row (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Jamie Blamire






Position: Hooker
Age: 23
Height: 6ft 1in
Weight: 17st 12lb










“We call him ‘Bush Pig’ or ‘Blammie’,” said the 35-year-old Flood. “He’s very funny off the field, just a daft lad and easy company, but he’s a very good rugby player in general.





His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional.

Toby Flood on Jamie Blamire




“His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional. He’s one of those classic hookers where you say he’d be very comfortable in the back row. He’s very quick, a very good defender and makes good decisions.”





Callum Chick
Callum Chick is hoping to replicate his club form with his country (Photo by Alex Davidson – RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)




Callum Chick







Position: Flanker
Age: 24
Height: 6ft 4in
Weight: 16st 10lb






“He’s your perfect rugby player in that he captained the England Under-18s and is your classic ‘pathway’ back row,” said Flood. “He has probably had to wait a bit longer to get that England recognition as injuries haven’t helped him, but he’s a complete player and is playing as good a rugby at the moment as I’ve seen him play in my time here.





“He has lovely skills and a really good rugby brain on him. He understands the rhythm of the game really well and has a good rapport with the No8, 9 and 10.





In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.

Toby Flood on Callum Chick




“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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“His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional. He’s one of those classic hookers where you say he’d be very comfortable in the back row. He’s very quick, a very good defender and makes good decisions.”





Callum Chick
Callum Chick is hoping to replicate his club form with his country (Photo by Alex Davidson – RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)




Callum Chick







Position: Flanker
Age: 24
Height: 6ft 4in
Weight: 16st 10lb






“He’s your perfect rugby player in that he captained the England Under-18s and is your classic ‘pathway’ back row,” said Flood. “He has probably had to wait a bit longer to get that England recognition as injuries haven’t helped him, but he’s a complete player and is playing as good a rugby at the moment as I’ve seen him play in my time here.





“He has lovely skills and a really good rugby brain on him. He understands the rhythm of the game really well and has a good rapport with the No8, 9 and 10.





In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.

Toby Flood on Callum Chick




“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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“Off the field, he’s very funny, a good lad to have around the side. He’s not very bright… only joking!





“It has been really nice to see him develop. He was let go by Newcastle, then came back in when I returned five years ago. He has really progressed and had a great trajectory. This England environment will be fantastic for him, just to give him an awareness of what he needs to do.”





Jamie Blamire
Jamie Blamire is so mobile, he wouldn’t look out of place in the back row (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Jamie Blamire






Position: Hooker
Age: 23
Height: 6ft 1in
Weight: 17st 12lb










“We call him ‘Bush Pig’ or ‘Blammie’,” said the 35-year-old Flood. “He’s very funny off the field, just a daft lad and easy company, but he’s a very good rugby player in general.





His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional.

Toby Flood on Jamie Blamire




“His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional. He’s one of those classic hookers where you say he’d be very comfortable in the back row. He’s very quick, a very good defender and makes good decisions.”





Callum Chick
Callum Chick is hoping to replicate his club form with his country (Photo by Alex Davidson – RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)




Callum Chick







Position: Flanker
Age: 24
Height: 6ft 4in
Weight: 16st 10lb






“He’s your perfect rugby player in that he captained the England Under-18s and is your classic ‘pathway’ back row,” said Flood. “He has probably had to wait a bit longer to get that England recognition as injuries haven’t helped him, but he’s a complete player and is playing as good a rugby at the moment as I’ve seen him play in my time here.





“He has lovely skills and a really good rugby brain on him. He understands the rhythm of the game really well and has a good rapport with the No8, 9 and 10.





In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.

Toby Flood on Callum Chick




“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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Playing for one of the Gallagher Premiership’s more ‘unfashionable’ clubs means that Newcastle’s young Falcons can sometimes fly under the radar. But the quartet of uncapped players in Eddie Jones’ squad have just been named in the matchday 23 for Sunday’s England A game against Scotland A, so they’ll be figuring prominently on TV screens this weekend.





Adam Radwan, Jamie Blamire, Callum Chick and Trevor Davison – with the possible exception of wing Radwan – aren’t household names yet other than in their North-East enclave, but that could all change if they star for England A or get the nod for the upcoming Tests against the USA and Canada.





So to give England fans an insight into what they’re like, both on and off the field, The XV spoke to Newcastle’s former England fly-half/centre Toby Flood, who won 60 caps between 2006-14.





Adam Radwan
Adam Radwan is the fastest player that Toby Flood has played alongside (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)




Adam Radwan







Position:
Wing
Age:
23
Height:
5ft 10in
Weight:
13st 8lb






“On the field, he brings the unknown, he can create something from nothing,” said Flood. “He’s incredibly strong, a power athlete, and he’s probably the quickest player I’ve ever played with.





“You can probably put Chris Ashton up there in terms of speed endurance but Adam is a phenomenon in how quickly he can get going.





You can probably put Chris Ashton up there in terms of speed endurance but Adam is a phenomenon in how quickly he can get going.

Toby Flood on Adam Radwan




“Off the field, he’s very funny, a good lad to have around the side. He’s not very bright… only joking!





“It has been really nice to see him develop. He was let go by Newcastle, then came back in when I returned five years ago. He has really progressed and had a great trajectory. This England environment will be fantastic for him, just to give him an awareness of what he needs to do.”





Jamie Blamire
Jamie Blamire is so mobile, he wouldn’t look out of place in the back row (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Jamie Blamire






Position: Hooker
Age: 23
Height: 6ft 1in
Weight: 17st 12lb










“We call him ‘Bush Pig’ or ‘Blammie’,” said the 35-year-old Flood. “He’s very funny off the field, just a daft lad and easy company, but he’s a very good rugby player in general.





His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional.

Toby Flood on Jamie Blamire




“His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional. He’s one of those classic hookers where you say he’d be very comfortable in the back row. He’s very quick, a very good defender and makes good decisions.”





Callum Chick
Callum Chick is hoping to replicate his club form with his country (Photo by Alex Davidson – RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)




Callum Chick







Position: Flanker
Age: 24
Height: 6ft 4in
Weight: 16st 10lb






“He’s your perfect rugby player in that he captained the England Under-18s and is your classic ‘pathway’ back row,” said Flood. “He has probably had to wait a bit longer to get that England recognition as injuries haven’t helped him, but he’s a complete player and is playing as good a rugby at the moment as I’ve seen him play in my time here.





“He has lovely skills and a really good rugby brain on him. He understands the rhythm of the game really well and has a good rapport with the No8, 9 and 10.





In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.

Toby Flood on Callum Chick




“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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“His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional. He’s one of those classic hookers where you say he’d be very comfortable in the back row. He’s very quick, a very good defender and makes good decisions.”





Callum Chick
Callum Chick is hoping to replicate his club form with his country (Photo by Alex Davidson – RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)




Callum Chick







Position: Flanker
Age: 24
Height: 6ft 4in
Weight: 16st 10lb






“He’s your perfect rugby player in that he captained the England Under-18s and is your classic ‘pathway’ back row,” said Flood. “He has probably had to wait a bit longer to get that England recognition as injuries haven’t helped him, but he’s a complete player and is playing as good a rugby at the moment as I’ve seen him play in my time here.





“He has lovely skills and a really good rugby brain on him. He understands the rhythm of the game really well and has a good rapport with the No8, 9 and 10.





In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.

Toby Flood on Callum Chick




“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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Playing for one of the Gallagher Premiership’s more ‘unfashionable’ clubs means that Newcastle’s young Falcons can sometimes fly under the radar. But the quartet of uncapped players in Eddie Jones’ squad have just been named in the matchday 23 for Sunday’s England A game against Scotland A, so they’ll be figuring prominently on TV screens this weekend.





Adam Radwan, Jamie Blamire, Callum Chick and Trevor Davison – with the possible exception of wing Radwan – aren’t household names yet other than in their North-East enclave, but that could all change if they star for England A or get the nod for the upcoming Tests against the USA and Canada.





So to give England fans an insight into what they’re like, both on and off the field, The XV spoke to Newcastle’s former England fly-half/centre Toby Flood, who won 60 caps between 2006-14.





Adam Radwan
Adam Radwan is the fastest player that Toby Flood has played alongside (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)




Adam Radwan







Position:
Wing
Age:
23
Height:
5ft 10in
Weight:
13st 8lb






“On the field, he brings the unknown, he can create something from nothing,” said Flood. “He’s incredibly strong, a power athlete, and he’s probably the quickest player I’ve ever played with.





“You can probably put Chris Ashton up there in terms of speed endurance but Adam is a phenomenon in how quickly he can get going.





You can probably put Chris Ashton up there in terms of speed endurance but Adam is a phenomenon in how quickly he can get going.

Toby Flood on Adam Radwan




“Off the field, he’s very funny, a good lad to have around the side. He’s not very bright… only joking!





“It has been really nice to see him develop. He was let go by Newcastle, then came back in when I returned five years ago. He has really progressed and had a great trajectory. This England environment will be fantastic for him, just to give him an awareness of what he needs to do.”





Jamie Blamire
Jamie Blamire is so mobile, he wouldn’t look out of place in the back row (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Jamie Blamire






Position: Hooker
Age: 23
Height: 6ft 1in
Weight: 17st 12lb










“We call him ‘Bush Pig’ or ‘Blammie’,” said the 35-year-old Flood. “He’s very funny off the field, just a daft lad and easy company, but he’s a very good rugby player in general.





His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional.

Toby Flood on Jamie Blamire




“His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional. He’s one of those classic hookers where you say he’d be very comfortable in the back row. He’s very quick, a very good defender and makes good decisions.”





Callum Chick
Callum Chick is hoping to replicate his club form with his country (Photo by Alex Davidson – RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)




Callum Chick







Position: Flanker
Age: 24
Height: 6ft 4in
Weight: 16st 10lb






“He’s your perfect rugby player in that he captained the England Under-18s and is your classic ‘pathway’ back row,” said Flood. “He has probably had to wait a bit longer to get that England recognition as injuries haven’t helped him, but he’s a complete player and is playing as good a rugby at the moment as I’ve seen him play in my time here.





“He has lovely skills and a really good rugby brain on him. He understands the rhythm of the game really well and has a good rapport with the No8, 9 and 10.





In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.

Toby Flood on Callum Chick




“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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“Off the field, he’s very funny, a good lad to have around the side. He’s not very bright… only joking!





“It has been really nice to see him develop. He was let go by Newcastle, then came back in when I returned five years ago. He has really progressed and had a great trajectory. This England environment will be fantastic for him, just to give him an awareness of what he needs to do.”





Jamie Blamire
Jamie Blamire is so mobile, he wouldn’t look out of place in the back row (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Jamie Blamire






Position: Hooker
Age: 23
Height: 6ft 1in
Weight: 17st 12lb










“We call him ‘Bush Pig’ or ‘Blammie’,” said the 35-year-old Flood. “He’s very funny off the field, just a daft lad and easy company, but he’s a very good rugby player in general.





His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional.

Toby Flood on Jamie Blamire




“His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional. He’s one of those classic hookers where you say he’d be very comfortable in the back row. He’s very quick, a very good defender and makes good decisions.”





Callum Chick
Callum Chick is hoping to replicate his club form with his country (Photo by Alex Davidson – RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)




Callum Chick







Position: Flanker
Age: 24
Height: 6ft 4in
Weight: 16st 10lb






“He’s your perfect rugby player in that he captained the England Under-18s and is your classic ‘pathway’ back row,” said Flood. “He has probably had to wait a bit longer to get that England recognition as injuries haven’t helped him, but he’s a complete player and is playing as good a rugby at the moment as I’ve seen him play in my time here.





“He has lovely skills and a really good rugby brain on him. He understands the rhythm of the game really well and has a good rapport with the No8, 9 and 10.





In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.

Toby Flood on Callum Chick




“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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Playing for one of the Gallagher Premiership’s more ‘unfashionable’ clubs means that Newcastle’s young Falcons can sometimes fly under the radar. But the quartet of uncapped players in Eddie Jones’ squad have just been named in the matchday 23 for Sunday’s England A game against Scotland A, so they’ll be figuring prominently on TV screens this weekend.





Adam Radwan, Jamie Blamire, Callum Chick and Trevor Davison – with the possible exception of wing Radwan – aren’t household names yet other than in their North-East enclave, but that could all change if they star for England A or get the nod for the upcoming Tests against the USA and Canada.





So to give England fans an insight into what they’re like, both on and off the field, The XV spoke to Newcastle’s former England fly-half/centre Toby Flood, who won 60 caps between 2006-14.





Adam Radwan
Adam Radwan is the fastest player that Toby Flood has played alongside (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)




Adam Radwan







Position:
Wing
Age:
23
Height:
5ft 10in
Weight:
13st 8lb






“On the field, he brings the unknown, he can create something from nothing,” said Flood. “He’s incredibly strong, a power athlete, and he’s probably the quickest player I’ve ever played with.





“You can probably put Chris Ashton up there in terms of speed endurance but Adam is a phenomenon in how quickly he can get going.





You can probably put Chris Ashton up there in terms of speed endurance but Adam is a phenomenon in how quickly he can get going.

Toby Flood on Adam Radwan




“Off the field, he’s very funny, a good lad to have around the side. He’s not very bright… only joking!





“It has been really nice to see him develop. He was let go by Newcastle, then came back in when I returned five years ago. He has really progressed and had a great trajectory. This England environment will be fantastic for him, just to give him an awareness of what he needs to do.”





Jamie Blamire
Jamie Blamire is so mobile, he wouldn’t look out of place in the back row (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Jamie Blamire






Position: Hooker
Age: 23
Height: 6ft 1in
Weight: 17st 12lb










“We call him ‘Bush Pig’ or ‘Blammie’,” said the 35-year-old Flood. “He’s very funny off the field, just a daft lad and easy company, but he’s a very good rugby player in general.





His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional.

Toby Flood on Jamie Blamire




“His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional. He’s one of those classic hookers where you say he’d be very comfortable in the back row. He’s very quick, a very good defender and makes good decisions.”





Callum Chick
Callum Chick is hoping to replicate his club form with his country (Photo by Alex Davidson – RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)




Callum Chick







Position: Flanker
Age: 24
Height: 6ft 4in
Weight: 16st 10lb






“He’s your perfect rugby player in that he captained the England Under-18s and is your classic ‘pathway’ back row,” said Flood. “He has probably had to wait a bit longer to get that England recognition as injuries haven’t helped him, but he’s a complete player and is playing as good a rugby at the moment as I’ve seen him play in my time here.





“He has lovely skills and a really good rugby brain on him. He understands the rhythm of the game really well and has a good rapport with the No8, 9 and 10.





In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.

Toby Flood on Callum Chick




“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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“His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional. He’s one of those classic hookers where you say he’d be very comfortable in the back row. He’s very quick, a very good defender and makes good decisions.”





Callum Chick
Callum Chick is hoping to replicate his club form with his country (Photo by Alex Davidson – RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)




Callum Chick







Position: Flanker
Age: 24
Height: 6ft 4in
Weight: 16st 10lb






“He’s your perfect rugby player in that he captained the England Under-18s and is your classic ‘pathway’ back row,” said Flood. “He has probably had to wait a bit longer to get that England recognition as injuries haven’t helped him, but he’s a complete player and is playing as good a rugby at the moment as I’ve seen him play in my time here.





“He has lovely skills and a really good rugby brain on him. He understands the rhythm of the game really well and has a good rapport with the No8, 9 and 10.





In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.

Toby Flood on Callum Chick




“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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“Off the field, he’s very funny, a good lad to have around the side. He’s not very bright… only joking!





“It has been really nice to see him develop. He was let go by Newcastle, then came back in when I returned five years ago. He has really progressed and had a great trajectory. This England environment will be fantastic for him, just to give him an awareness of what he needs to do.”





Jamie Blamire
Jamie Blamire is so mobile, he wouldn’t look out of place in the back row (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Jamie Blamire






Position: Hooker
Age: 23
Height: 6ft 1in
Weight: 17st 12lb










“We call him ‘Bush Pig’ or ‘Blammie’,” said the 35-year-old Flood. “He’s very funny off the field, just a daft lad and easy company, but he’s a very good rugby player in general.





His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional.

Toby Flood on Jamie Blamire




“His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional. He’s one of those classic hookers where you say he’d be very comfortable in the back row. He’s very quick, a very good defender and makes good decisions.”





Callum Chick
Callum Chick is hoping to replicate his club form with his country (Photo by Alex Davidson – RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)




Callum Chick







Position: Flanker
Age: 24
Height: 6ft 4in
Weight: 16st 10lb






“He’s your perfect rugby player in that he captained the England Under-18s and is your classic ‘pathway’ back row,” said Flood. “He has probably had to wait a bit longer to get that England recognition as injuries haven’t helped him, but he’s a complete player and is playing as good a rugby at the moment as I’ve seen him play in my time here.





“He has lovely skills and a really good rugby brain on him. He understands the rhythm of the game really well and has a good rapport with the No8, 9 and 10.





In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.

Toby Flood on Callum Chick




“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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Playing for one of the Gallagher Premiership’s more ‘unfashionable’ clubs means that Newcastle’s young Falcons can sometimes fly under the radar. But the quartet of uncapped players in Eddie Jones’ squad have just been named in the matchday 23 for Sunday’s England A game against Scotland A, so they’ll be figuring prominently on TV screens this weekend.





Adam Radwan, Jamie Blamire, Callum Chick and Trevor Davison – with the possible exception of wing Radwan – aren’t household names yet other than in their North-East enclave, but that could all change if they star for England A or get the nod for the upcoming Tests against the USA and Canada.





So to give England fans an insight into what they’re like, both on and off the field, The XV spoke to Newcastle’s former England fly-half/centre Toby Flood, who won 60 caps between 2006-14.





Adam Radwan
Adam Radwan is the fastest player that Toby Flood has played alongside (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)




Adam Radwan







Position:
Wing
Age:
23
Height:
5ft 10in
Weight:
13st 8lb






“On the field, he brings the unknown, he can create something from nothing,” said Flood. “He’s incredibly strong, a power athlete, and he’s probably the quickest player I’ve ever played with.





“You can probably put Chris Ashton up there in terms of speed endurance but Adam is a phenomenon in how quickly he can get going.





You can probably put Chris Ashton up there in terms of speed endurance but Adam is a phenomenon in how quickly he can get going.

Toby Flood on Adam Radwan




“Off the field, he’s very funny, a good lad to have around the side. He’s not very bright… only joking!





“It has been really nice to see him develop. He was let go by Newcastle, then came back in when I returned five years ago. He has really progressed and had a great trajectory. This England environment will be fantastic for him, just to give him an awareness of what he needs to do.”





Jamie Blamire
Jamie Blamire is so mobile, he wouldn’t look out of place in the back row (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Jamie Blamire






Position: Hooker
Age: 23
Height: 6ft 1in
Weight: 17st 12lb










“We call him ‘Bush Pig’ or ‘Blammie’,” said the 35-year-old Flood. “He’s very funny off the field, just a daft lad and easy company, but he’s a very good rugby player in general.





His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional.

Toby Flood on Jamie Blamire




“His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional. He’s one of those classic hookers where you say he’d be very comfortable in the back row. He’s very quick, a very good defender and makes good decisions.”





Callum Chick
Callum Chick is hoping to replicate his club form with his country (Photo by Alex Davidson – RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)




Callum Chick







Position: Flanker
Age: 24
Height: 6ft 4in
Weight: 16st 10lb






“He’s your perfect rugby player in that he captained the England Under-18s and is your classic ‘pathway’ back row,” said Flood. “He has probably had to wait a bit longer to get that England recognition as injuries haven’t helped him, but he’s a complete player and is playing as good a rugby at the moment as I’ve seen him play in my time here.





“He has lovely skills and a really good rugby brain on him. He understands the rhythm of the game really well and has a good rapport with the No8, 9 and 10.





In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.

Toby Flood on Callum Chick




“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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Playing for one of the Gallagher Premiership’s more ‘unfashionable’ clubs means that Newcastle’s young Falcons can sometimes fly under the radar. But the quartet of uncapped players in Eddie Jones’ squad have just been named in the matchday 23 for Sunday’s England A game against Scotland A, so they’ll be figuring prominently on TV screens this weekend.





Adam Radwan, Jamie Blamire, Callum Chick and Trevor Davison – with the possible exception of wing Radwan – aren’t household names yet other than in their North-East enclave, but that could all change if they star for England A or get the nod for the upcoming Tests against the USA and Canada.





So to give England fans an insight into what they’re like, both on and off the field, The XV spoke to Newcastle’s former England fly-half/centre Toby Flood, who won 60 caps between 2006-14.





Adam Radwan
Adam Radwan is the fastest player that Toby Flood has played alongside (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)




Adam Radwan







Position:
Wing
Age:
23
Height:
5ft 10in
Weight:
13st 8lb






“On the field, he brings the unknown, he can create something from nothing,” said Flood. “He’s incredibly strong, a power athlete, and he’s probably the quickest player I’ve ever played with.





“You can probably put Chris Ashton up there in terms of speed endurance but Adam is a phenomenon in how quickly he can get going.





You can probably put Chris Ashton up there in terms of speed endurance but Adam is a phenomenon in how quickly he can get going.

Toby Flood on Adam Radwan




“Off the field, he’s very funny, a good lad to have around the side. He’s not very bright… only joking!





“It has been really nice to see him develop. He was let go by Newcastle, then came back in when I returned five years ago. He has really progressed and had a great trajectory. This England environment will be fantastic for him, just to give him an awareness of what he needs to do.”





Jamie Blamire
Jamie Blamire is so mobile, he wouldn’t look out of place in the back row (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Jamie Blamire






Position: Hooker
Age: 23
Height: 6ft 1in
Weight: 17st 12lb










“We call him ‘Bush Pig’ or ‘Blammie’,” said the 35-year-old Flood. “He’s very funny off the field, just a daft lad and easy company, but he’s a very good rugby player in general.





His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional.

Toby Flood on Jamie Blamire




“His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional. He’s one of those classic hookers where you say he’d be very comfortable in the back row. He’s very quick, a very good defender and makes good decisions.”





Callum Chick
Callum Chick is hoping to replicate his club form with his country (Photo by Alex Davidson – RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)




Callum Chick







Position: Flanker
Age: 24
Height: 6ft 4in
Weight: 16st 10lb






“He’s your perfect rugby player in that he captained the England Under-18s and is your classic ‘pathway’ back row,” said Flood. “He has probably had to wait a bit longer to get that England recognition as injuries haven’t helped him, but he’s a complete player and is playing as good a rugby at the moment as I’ve seen him play in my time here.





“He has lovely skills and a really good rugby brain on him. He understands the rhythm of the game really well and has a good rapport with the No8, 9 and 10.





In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.

Toby Flood on Callum Chick




“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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Playing for one of the Gallagher Premiership’s more ‘unfashionable’ clubs means that Newcastle’s young Falcons can sometimes fly under the radar. But the quartet of uncapped players in Eddie Jones’ squad have just been named in the matchday 23 for Sunday’s England A game against Scotland A, so they’ll be figuring prominently on TV screens this weekend.





Adam Radwan, Jamie Blamire, Callum Chick and Trevor Davison – with the possible exception of wing Radwan – aren’t household names yet other than in their North-East enclave, but that could all change if they star for England A or get the nod for the upcoming Tests against the USA and Canada.





So to give England fans an insight into what they’re like, both on and off the field, The XV spoke to Newcastle’s former England fly-half/centre Toby Flood, who won 60 caps between 2006-14.





Adam Radwan
Adam Radwan is the fastest player that Toby Flood has played alongside (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)




Adam Radwan







Position:
Wing
Age:
23
Height:
5ft 10in
Weight:
13st 8lb






“On the field, he brings the unknown, he can create something from nothing,” said Flood. “He’s incredibly strong, a power athlete, and he’s probably the quickest player I’ve ever played with.





“You can probably put Chris Ashton up there in terms of speed endurance but Adam is a phenomenon in how quickly he can get going.





You can probably put Chris Ashton up there in terms of speed endurance but Adam is a phenomenon in how quickly he can get going.

Toby Flood on Adam Radwan




“Off the field, he’s very funny, a good lad to have around the side. He’s not very bright… only joking!





“It has been really nice to see him develop. He was let go by Newcastle, then came back in when I returned five years ago. He has really progressed and had a great trajectory. This England environment will be fantastic for him, just to give him an awareness of what he needs to do.”





Jamie Blamire
Jamie Blamire is so mobile, he wouldn’t look out of place in the back row (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Jamie Blamire






Position: Hooker
Age: 23
Height: 6ft 1in
Weight: 17st 12lb










“We call him ‘Bush Pig’ or ‘Blammie’,” said the 35-year-old Flood. “He’s very funny off the field, just a daft lad and easy company, but he’s a very good rugby player in general.





His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional.

Toby Flood on Jamie Blamire




“His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional. He’s one of those classic hookers where you say he’d be very comfortable in the back row. He’s very quick, a very good defender and makes good decisions.”





Callum Chick
Callum Chick is hoping to replicate his club form with his country (Photo by Alex Davidson – RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)




Callum Chick







Position: Flanker
Age: 24
Height: 6ft 4in
Weight: 16st 10lb






“He’s your perfect rugby player in that he captained the England Under-18s and is your classic ‘pathway’ back row,” said Flood. “He has probably had to wait a bit longer to get that England recognition as injuries haven’t helped him, but he’s a complete player and is playing as good a rugby at the moment as I’ve seen him play in my time here.





“He has lovely skills and a really good rugby brain on him. He understands the rhythm of the game really well and has a good rapport with the No8, 9 and 10.





In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.

Toby Flood on Callum Chick




“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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“Off the field, he’s very funny, a good lad to have around the side. He’s not very bright… only joking!





“It has been really nice to see him develop. He was let go by Newcastle, then came back in when I returned five years ago. He has really progressed and had a great trajectory. This England environment will be fantastic for him, just to give him an awareness of what he needs to do.”





Jamie Blamire
Jamie Blamire is so mobile, he wouldn’t look out of place in the back row (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Jamie Blamire






Position: Hooker
Age: 23
Height: 6ft 1in
Weight: 17st 12lb










“We call him ‘Bush Pig’ or ‘Blammie’,” said the 35-year-old Flood. “He’s very funny off the field, just a daft lad and easy company, but he’s a very good rugby player in general.





His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional.

Toby Flood on Jamie Blamire




“His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional. He’s one of those classic hookers where you say he’d be very comfortable in the back row. He’s very quick, a very good defender and makes good decisions.”





Callum Chick
Callum Chick is hoping to replicate his club form with his country (Photo by Alex Davidson – RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)




Callum Chick







Position: Flanker
Age: 24
Height: 6ft 4in
Weight: 16st 10lb






“He’s your perfect rugby player in that he captained the England Under-18s and is your classic ‘pathway’ back row,” said Flood. “He has probably had to wait a bit longer to get that England recognition as injuries haven’t helped him, but he’s a complete player and is playing as good a rugby at the moment as I’ve seen him play in my time here.





“He has lovely skills and a really good rugby brain on him. He understands the rhythm of the game really well and has a good rapport with the No8, 9 and 10.





In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.

Toby Flood on Callum Chick




“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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Playing for one of the Gallagher Premiership’s more ‘unfashionable’ clubs means that Newcastle’s young Falcons can sometimes fly under the radar. But the quartet of uncapped players in Eddie Jones’ squad have just been named in the matchday 23 for Sunday’s England A game against Scotland A, so they’ll be figuring prominently on TV screens this weekend.





Adam Radwan, Jamie Blamire, Callum Chick and Trevor Davison – with the possible exception of wing Radwan – aren’t household names yet other than in their North-East enclave, but that could all change if they star for England A or get the nod for the upcoming Tests against the USA and Canada.





So to give England fans an insight into what they’re like, both on and off the field, The XV spoke to Newcastle’s former England fly-half/centre Toby Flood, who won 60 caps between 2006-14.





Adam Radwan
Adam Radwan is the fastest player that Toby Flood has played alongside (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)




Adam Radwan







Position:
Wing
Age:
23
Height:
5ft 10in
Weight:
13st 8lb






“On the field, he brings the unknown, he can create something from nothing,” said Flood. “He’s incredibly strong, a power athlete, and he’s probably the quickest player I’ve ever played with.





“You can probably put Chris Ashton up there in terms of speed endurance but Adam is a phenomenon in how quickly he can get going.





You can probably put Chris Ashton up there in terms of speed endurance but Adam is a phenomenon in how quickly he can get going.

Toby Flood on Adam Radwan




“Off the field, he’s very funny, a good lad to have around the side. He’s not very bright… only joking!





“It has been really nice to see him develop. He was let go by Newcastle, then came back in when I returned five years ago. He has really progressed and had a great trajectory. This England environment will be fantastic for him, just to give him an awareness of what he needs to do.”





Jamie Blamire
Jamie Blamire is so mobile, he wouldn’t look out of place in the back row (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Jamie Blamire






Position: Hooker
Age: 23
Height: 6ft 1in
Weight: 17st 12lb










“We call him ‘Bush Pig’ or ‘Blammie’,” said the 35-year-old Flood. “He’s very funny off the field, just a daft lad and easy company, but he’s a very good rugby player in general.





His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional.

Toby Flood on Jamie Blamire




“His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional. He’s one of those classic hookers where you say he’d be very comfortable in the back row. He’s very quick, a very good defender and makes good decisions.”





Callum Chick
Callum Chick is hoping to replicate his club form with his country (Photo by Alex Davidson – RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)




Callum Chick







Position: Flanker
Age: 24
Height: 6ft 4in
Weight: 16st 10lb






“He’s your perfect rugby player in that he captained the England Under-18s and is your classic ‘pathway’ back row,” said Flood. “He has probably had to wait a bit longer to get that England recognition as injuries haven’t helped him, but he’s a complete player and is playing as good a rugby at the moment as I’ve seen him play in my time here.





“He has lovely skills and a really good rugby brain on him. He understands the rhythm of the game really well and has a good rapport with the No8, 9 and 10.





In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.

Toby Flood on Callum Chick




“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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“His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional. He’s one of those classic hookers where you say he’d be very comfortable in the back row. He’s very quick, a very good defender and makes good decisions.”





Callum Chick
Callum Chick is hoping to replicate his club form with his country (Photo by Alex Davidson – RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)




Callum Chick







Position: Flanker
Age: 24
Height: 6ft 4in
Weight: 16st 10lb






“He’s your perfect rugby player in that he captained the England Under-18s and is your classic ‘pathway’ back row,” said Flood. “He has probably had to wait a bit longer to get that England recognition as injuries haven’t helped him, but he’s a complete player and is playing as good a rugby at the moment as I’ve seen him play in my time here.





“He has lovely skills and a really good rugby brain on him. He understands the rhythm of the game really well and has a good rapport with the No8, 9 and 10.





In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.

Toby Flood on Callum Chick




“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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“Off the field, he’s very funny, a good lad to have around the side. He’s not very bright… only joking!





“It has been really nice to see him develop. He was let go by Newcastle, then came back in when I returned five years ago. He has really progressed and had a great trajectory. This England environment will be fantastic for him, just to give him an awareness of what he needs to do.”





Jamie Blamire
Jamie Blamire is so mobile, he wouldn’t look out of place in the back row (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Jamie Blamire






Position: Hooker
Age: 23
Height: 6ft 1in
Weight: 17st 12lb










“We call him ‘Bush Pig’ or ‘Blammie’,” said the 35-year-old Flood. “He’s very funny off the field, just a daft lad and easy company, but he’s a very good rugby player in general.





His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional.

Toby Flood on Jamie Blamire




“His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional. He’s one of those classic hookers where you say he’d be very comfortable in the back row. He’s very quick, a very good defender and makes good decisions.”





Callum Chick
Callum Chick is hoping to replicate his club form with his country (Photo by Alex Davidson – RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)




Callum Chick







Position: Flanker
Age: 24
Height: 6ft 4in
Weight: 16st 10lb






“He’s your perfect rugby player in that he captained the England Under-18s and is your classic ‘pathway’ back row,” said Flood. “He has probably had to wait a bit longer to get that England recognition as injuries haven’t helped him, but he’s a complete player and is playing as good a rugby at the moment as I’ve seen him play in my time here.





“He has lovely skills and a really good rugby brain on him. He understands the rhythm of the game really well and has a good rapport with the No8, 9 and 10.





In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.

Toby Flood on Callum Chick




“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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Playing for one of the Gallagher Premiership’s more ‘unfashionable’ clubs means that Newcastle’s young Falcons can sometimes fly under the radar. But the quartet of uncapped players in Eddie Jones’ squad have just been named in the matchday 23 for Sunday’s England A game against Scotland A, so they’ll be figuring prominently on TV screens this weekend.





Adam Radwan, Jamie Blamire, Callum Chick and Trevor Davison – with the possible exception of wing Radwan – aren’t household names yet other than in their North-East enclave, but that could all change if they star for England A or get the nod for the upcoming Tests against the USA and Canada.





So to give England fans an insight into what they’re like, both on and off the field, The XV spoke to Newcastle’s former England fly-half/centre Toby Flood, who won 60 caps between 2006-14.





Adam Radwan
Adam Radwan is the fastest player that Toby Flood has played alongside (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)




Adam Radwan







Position:
Wing
Age:
23
Height:
5ft 10in
Weight:
13st 8lb






“On the field, he brings the unknown, he can create something from nothing,” said Flood. “He’s incredibly strong, a power athlete, and he’s probably the quickest player I’ve ever played with.





“You can probably put Chris Ashton up there in terms of speed endurance but Adam is a phenomenon in how quickly he can get going.





You can probably put Chris Ashton up there in terms of speed endurance but Adam is a phenomenon in how quickly he can get going.

Toby Flood on Adam Radwan




“Off the field, he’s very funny, a good lad to have around the side. He’s not very bright… only joking!





“It has been really nice to see him develop. He was let go by Newcastle, then came back in when I returned five years ago. He has really progressed and had a great trajectory. This England environment will be fantastic for him, just to give him an awareness of what he needs to do.”





Jamie Blamire
Jamie Blamire is so mobile, he wouldn’t look out of place in the back row (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Jamie Blamire






Position: Hooker
Age: 23
Height: 6ft 1in
Weight: 17st 12lb










“We call him ‘Bush Pig’ or ‘Blammie’,” said the 35-year-old Flood. “He’s very funny off the field, just a daft lad and easy company, but he’s a very good rugby player in general.





His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional.

Toby Flood on Jamie Blamire




“His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional. He’s one of those classic hookers where you say he’d be very comfortable in the back row. He’s very quick, a very good defender and makes good decisions.”





Callum Chick
Callum Chick is hoping to replicate his club form with his country (Photo by Alex Davidson – RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)




Callum Chick







Position: Flanker
Age: 24
Height: 6ft 4in
Weight: 16st 10lb






“He’s your perfect rugby player in that he captained the England Under-18s and is your classic ‘pathway’ back row,” said Flood. “He has probably had to wait a bit longer to get that England recognition as injuries haven’t helped him, but he’s a complete player and is playing as good a rugby at the moment as I’ve seen him play in my time here.





“He has lovely skills and a really good rugby brain on him. He understands the rhythm of the game really well and has a good rapport with the No8, 9 and 10.





In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.

Toby Flood on Callum Chick




“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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“His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional. He’s one of those classic hookers where you say he’d be very comfortable in the back row. He’s very quick, a very good defender and makes good decisions.”





Callum Chick
Callum Chick is hoping to replicate his club form with his country (Photo by Alex Davidson – RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)




Callum Chick







Position: Flanker
Age: 24
Height: 6ft 4in
Weight: 16st 10lb






“He’s your perfect rugby player in that he captained the England Under-18s and is your classic ‘pathway’ back row,” said Flood. “He has probably had to wait a bit longer to get that England recognition as injuries haven’t helped him, but he’s a complete player and is playing as good a rugby at the moment as I’ve seen him play in my time here.





“He has lovely skills and a really good rugby brain on him. He understands the rhythm of the game really well and has a good rapport with the No8, 9 and 10.





In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.

Toby Flood on Callum Chick




“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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Playing for one of the Gallagher Premiership’s more ‘unfashionable’ clubs means that Newcastle’s young Falcons can sometimes fly under the radar. But the quartet of uncapped players in Eddie Jones’ squad have just been named in the matchday 23 for Sunday’s England A game against Scotland A, so they’ll be figuring prominently on TV screens this weekend.





Adam Radwan, Jamie Blamire, Callum Chick and Trevor Davison – with the possible exception of wing Radwan – aren’t household names yet other than in their North-East enclave, but that could all change if they star for England A or get the nod for the upcoming Tests against the USA and Canada.





So to give England fans an insight into what they’re like, both on and off the field, The XV spoke to Newcastle’s former England fly-half/centre Toby Flood, who won 60 caps between 2006-14.





Adam Radwan
Adam Radwan is the fastest player that Toby Flood has played alongside (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)




Adam Radwan







Position:
Wing
Age:
23
Height:
5ft 10in
Weight:
13st 8lb






“On the field, he brings the unknown, he can create something from nothing,” said Flood. “He’s incredibly strong, a power athlete, and he’s probably the quickest player I’ve ever played with.





“You can probably put Chris Ashton up there in terms of speed endurance but Adam is a phenomenon in how quickly he can get going.





You can probably put Chris Ashton up there in terms of speed endurance but Adam is a phenomenon in how quickly he can get going.

Toby Flood on Adam Radwan




“Off the field, he’s very funny, a good lad to have around the side. He’s not very bright… only joking!





“It has been really nice to see him develop. He was let go by Newcastle, then came back in when I returned five years ago. He has really progressed and had a great trajectory. This England environment will be fantastic for him, just to give him an awareness of what he needs to do.”





Jamie Blamire
Jamie Blamire is so mobile, he wouldn’t look out of place in the back row (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Jamie Blamire






Position: Hooker
Age: 23
Height: 6ft 1in
Weight: 17st 12lb










“We call him ‘Bush Pig’ or ‘Blammie’,” said the 35-year-old Flood. “He’s very funny off the field, just a daft lad and easy company, but he’s a very good rugby player in general.





His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional.

Toby Flood on Jamie Blamire




“His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional. He’s one of those classic hookers where you say he’d be very comfortable in the back row. He’s very quick, a very good defender and makes good decisions.”





Callum Chick
Callum Chick is hoping to replicate his club form with his country (Photo by Alex Davidson – RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)




Callum Chick







Position: Flanker
Age: 24
Height: 6ft 4in
Weight: 16st 10lb






“He’s your perfect rugby player in that he captained the England Under-18s and is your classic ‘pathway’ back row,” said Flood. “He has probably had to wait a bit longer to get that England recognition as injuries haven’t helped him, but he’s a complete player and is playing as good a rugby at the moment as I’ve seen him play in my time here.





“He has lovely skills and a really good rugby brain on him. He understands the rhythm of the game really well and has a good rapport with the No8, 9 and 10.





In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.

Toby Flood on Callum Chick




“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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Playing for one of the Gallagher Premiership’s more ‘unfashionable’ clubs means that Newcastle’s young Falcons can sometimes fly under the radar. But the quartet of uncapped players in Eddie Jones’ squad have just been named in the matchday 23 for Sunday’s England A game against Scotland A, so they’ll be figuring prominently on TV screens this weekend.





Adam Radwan, Jamie Blamire, Callum Chick and Trevor Davison – with the possible exception of wing Radwan – aren’t household names yet other than in their North-East enclave, but that could all change if they star for England A or get the nod for the upcoming Tests against the USA and Canada.





So to give England fans an insight into what they’re like, both on and off the field, The XV spoke to Newcastle’s former England fly-half/centre Toby Flood, who won 60 caps between 2006-14.





Adam Radwan
Adam Radwan is the fastest player that Toby Flood has played alongside (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)




Adam Radwan







Position:
Wing
Age:
23
Height:
5ft 10in
Weight:
13st 8lb






“On the field, he brings the unknown, he can create something from nothing,” said Flood. “He’s incredibly strong, a power athlete, and he’s probably the quickest player I’ve ever played with.





“You can probably put Chris Ashton up there in terms of speed endurance but Adam is a phenomenon in how quickly he can get going.





You can probably put Chris Ashton up there in terms of speed endurance but Adam is a phenomenon in how quickly he can get going.

Toby Flood on Adam Radwan




“Off the field, he’s very funny, a good lad to have around the side. He’s not very bright… only joking!





“It has been really nice to see him develop. He was let go by Newcastle, then came back in when I returned five years ago. He has really progressed and had a great trajectory. This England environment will be fantastic for him, just to give him an awareness of what he needs to do.”





Jamie Blamire
Jamie Blamire is so mobile, he wouldn’t look out of place in the back row (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Jamie Blamire






Position: Hooker
Age: 23
Height: 6ft 1in
Weight: 17st 12lb










“We call him ‘Bush Pig’ or ‘Blammie’,” said the 35-year-old Flood. “He’s very funny off the field, just a daft lad and easy company, but he’s a very good rugby player in general.





His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional.

Toby Flood on Jamie Blamire




“His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional. He’s one of those classic hookers where you say he’d be very comfortable in the back row. He’s very quick, a very good defender and makes good decisions.”





Callum Chick
Callum Chick is hoping to replicate his club form with his country (Photo by Alex Davidson – RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)




Callum Chick







Position: Flanker
Age: 24
Height: 6ft 4in
Weight: 16st 10lb






“He’s your perfect rugby player in that he captained the England Under-18s and is your classic ‘pathway’ back row,” said Flood. “He has probably had to wait a bit longer to get that England recognition as injuries haven’t helped him, but he’s a complete player and is playing as good a rugby at the moment as I’ve seen him play in my time here.





“He has lovely skills and a really good rugby brain on him. He understands the rhythm of the game really well and has a good rapport with the No8, 9 and 10.





In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.

Toby Flood on Callum Chick




“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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“Off the field, he’s very funny, a good lad to have around the side. He’s not very bright… only joking!





“It has been really nice to see him develop. He was let go by Newcastle, then came back in when I returned five years ago. He has really progressed and had a great trajectory. This England environment will be fantastic for him, just to give him an awareness of what he needs to do.”





Jamie Blamire
Jamie Blamire is so mobile, he wouldn’t look out of place in the back row (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Jamie Blamire






Position: Hooker
Age: 23
Height: 6ft 1in
Weight: 17st 12lb










“We call him ‘Bush Pig’ or ‘Blammie’,” said the 35-year-old Flood. “He’s very funny off the field, just a daft lad and easy company, but he’s a very good rugby player in general.





His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional.

Toby Flood on Jamie Blamire




“His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional. He’s one of those classic hookers where you say he’d be very comfortable in the back row. He’s very quick, a very good defender and makes good decisions.”





Callum Chick
Callum Chick is hoping to replicate his club form with his country (Photo by Alex Davidson – RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)




Callum Chick







Position: Flanker
Age: 24
Height: 6ft 4in
Weight: 16st 10lb






“He’s your perfect rugby player in that he captained the England Under-18s and is your classic ‘pathway’ back row,” said Flood. “He has probably had to wait a bit longer to get that England recognition as injuries haven’t helped him, but he’s a complete player and is playing as good a rugby at the moment as I’ve seen him play in my time here.





“He has lovely skills and a really good rugby brain on him. He understands the rhythm of the game really well and has a good rapport with the No8, 9 and 10.





In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.

Toby Flood on Callum Chick




“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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Playing for one of the Gallagher Premiership’s more ‘unfashionable’ clubs means that Newcastle’s young Falcons can sometimes fly under the radar. But the quartet of uncapped players in Eddie Jones’ squad have just been named in the matchday 23 for Sunday’s England A game against Scotland A, so they’ll be figuring prominently on TV screens this weekend.





Adam Radwan, Jamie Blamire, Callum Chick and Trevor Davison – with the possible exception of wing Radwan – aren’t household names yet other than in their North-East enclave, but that could all change if they star for England A or get the nod for the upcoming Tests against the USA and Canada.





So to give England fans an insight into what they’re like, both on and off the field, The XV spoke to Newcastle’s former England fly-half/centre Toby Flood, who won 60 caps between 2006-14.





Adam Radwan
Adam Radwan is the fastest player that Toby Flood has played alongside (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)




Adam Radwan







Position:
Wing
Age:
23
Height:
5ft 10in
Weight:
13st 8lb






“On the field, he brings the unknown, he can create something from nothing,” said Flood. “He’s incredibly strong, a power athlete, and he’s probably the quickest player I’ve ever played with.





“You can probably put Chris Ashton up there in terms of speed endurance but Adam is a phenomenon in how quickly he can get going.





You can probably put Chris Ashton up there in terms of speed endurance but Adam is a phenomenon in how quickly he can get going.

Toby Flood on Adam Radwan




“Off the field, he’s very funny, a good lad to have around the side. He’s not very bright… only joking!





“It has been really nice to see him develop. He was let go by Newcastle, then came back in when I returned five years ago. He has really progressed and had a great trajectory. This England environment will be fantastic for him, just to give him an awareness of what he needs to do.”





Jamie Blamire
Jamie Blamire is so mobile, he wouldn’t look out of place in the back row (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Jamie Blamire






Position: Hooker
Age: 23
Height: 6ft 1in
Weight: 17st 12lb










“We call him ‘Bush Pig’ or ‘Blammie’,” said the 35-year-old Flood. “He’s very funny off the field, just a daft lad and easy company, but he’s a very good rugby player in general.





His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional.

Toby Flood on Jamie Blamire




“His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional. He’s one of those classic hookers where you say he’d be very comfortable in the back row. He’s very quick, a very good defender and makes good decisions.”





Callum Chick
Callum Chick is hoping to replicate his club form with his country (Photo by Alex Davidson – RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)




Callum Chick







Position: Flanker
Age: 24
Height: 6ft 4in
Weight: 16st 10lb






“He’s your perfect rugby player in that he captained the England Under-18s and is your classic ‘pathway’ back row,” said Flood. “He has probably had to wait a bit longer to get that England recognition as injuries haven’t helped him, but he’s a complete player and is playing as good a rugby at the moment as I’ve seen him play in my time here.





“He has lovely skills and a really good rugby brain on him. He understands the rhythm of the game really well and has a good rapport with the No8, 9 and 10.





In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.

Toby Flood on Callum Chick




“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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“His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional. He’s one of those classic hookers where you say he’d be very comfortable in the back row. He’s very quick, a very good defender and makes good decisions.”





Callum Chick
Callum Chick is hoping to replicate his club form with his country (Photo by Alex Davidson – RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)




Callum Chick







Position: Flanker
Age: 24
Height: 6ft 4in
Weight: 16st 10lb






“He’s your perfect rugby player in that he captained the England Under-18s and is your classic ‘pathway’ back row,” said Flood. “He has probably had to wait a bit longer to get that England recognition as injuries haven’t helped him, but he’s a complete player and is playing as good a rugby at the moment as I’ve seen him play in my time here.





“He has lovely skills and a really good rugby brain on him. He understands the rhythm of the game really well and has a good rapport with the No8, 9 and 10.





In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.

Toby Flood on Callum Chick




“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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“Off the field, he’s very funny, a good lad to have around the side. He’s not very bright… only joking!





“It has been really nice to see him develop. He was let go by Newcastle, then came back in when I returned five years ago. He has really progressed and had a great trajectory. This England environment will be fantastic for him, just to give him an awareness of what he needs to do.”





Jamie Blamire
Jamie Blamire is so mobile, he wouldn’t look out of place in the back row (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Jamie Blamire






Position: Hooker
Age: 23
Height: 6ft 1in
Weight: 17st 12lb










“We call him ‘Bush Pig’ or ‘Blammie’,” said the 35-year-old Flood. “He’s very funny off the field, just a daft lad and easy company, but he’s a very good rugby player in general.





His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional.

Toby Flood on Jamie Blamire




“His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional. He’s one of those classic hookers where you say he’d be very comfortable in the back row. He’s very quick, a very good defender and makes good decisions.”





Callum Chick
Callum Chick is hoping to replicate his club form with his country (Photo by Alex Davidson – RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)




Callum Chick







Position: Flanker
Age: 24
Height: 6ft 4in
Weight: 16st 10lb






“He’s your perfect rugby player in that he captained the England Under-18s and is your classic ‘pathway’ back row,” said Flood. “He has probably had to wait a bit longer to get that England recognition as injuries haven’t helped him, but he’s a complete player and is playing as good a rugby at the moment as I’ve seen him play in my time here.





“He has lovely skills and a really good rugby brain on him. He understands the rhythm of the game really well and has a good rapport with the No8, 9 and 10.





In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.

Toby Flood on Callum Chick




“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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Playing for one of the Gallagher Premiership’s more ‘unfashionable’ clubs means that Newcastle’s young Falcons can sometimes fly under the radar. But the quartet of uncapped players in Eddie Jones’ squad have just been named in the matchday 23 for Sunday’s England A game against Scotland A, so they’ll be figuring prominently on TV screens this weekend.





Adam Radwan, Jamie Blamire, Callum Chick and Trevor Davison – with the possible exception of wing Radwan – aren’t household names yet other than in their North-East enclave, but that could all change if they star for England A or get the nod for the upcoming Tests against the USA and Canada.





So to give England fans an insight into what they’re like, both on and off the field, The XV spoke to Newcastle’s former England fly-half/centre Toby Flood, who won 60 caps between 2006-14.





Adam Radwan
Adam Radwan is the fastest player that Toby Flood has played alongside (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)




Adam Radwan







Position:
Wing
Age:
23
Height:
5ft 10in
Weight:
13st 8lb






“On the field, he brings the unknown, he can create something from nothing,” said Flood. “He’s incredibly strong, a power athlete, and he’s probably the quickest player I’ve ever played with.





“You can probably put Chris Ashton up there in terms of speed endurance but Adam is a phenomenon in how quickly he can get going.





You can probably put Chris Ashton up there in terms of speed endurance but Adam is a phenomenon in how quickly he can get going.

Toby Flood on Adam Radwan




“Off the field, he’s very funny, a good lad to have around the side. He’s not very bright… only joking!





“It has been really nice to see him develop. He was let go by Newcastle, then came back in when I returned five years ago. He has really progressed and had a great trajectory. This England environment will be fantastic for him, just to give him an awareness of what he needs to do.”





Jamie Blamire
Jamie Blamire is so mobile, he wouldn’t look out of place in the back row (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Jamie Blamire






Position: Hooker
Age: 23
Height: 6ft 1in
Weight: 17st 12lb










“We call him ‘Bush Pig’ or ‘Blammie’,” said the 35-year-old Flood. “He’s very funny off the field, just a daft lad and easy company, but he’s a very good rugby player in general.





His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional.

Toby Flood on Jamie Blamire




“His ball skills, his speed, his aggression levels, he has all the raw components to be exceptional. He’s one of those classic hookers where you say he’d be very comfortable in the back row. He’s very quick, a very good defender and makes good decisions.”





Callum Chick
Callum Chick is hoping to replicate his club form with his country (Photo by Alex Davidson – RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)




Callum Chick







Position: Flanker
Age: 24
Height: 6ft 4in
Weight: 16st 10lb






“He’s your perfect rugby player in that he captained the England Under-18s and is your classic ‘pathway’ back row,” said Flood. “He has probably had to wait a bit longer to get that England recognition as injuries haven’t helped him, but he’s a complete player and is playing as good a rugby at the moment as I’ve seen him play in my time here.





“He has lovely skills and a really good rugby brain on him. He understands the rhythm of the game really well and has a good rapport with the No8, 9 and 10.





In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.

Toby Flood on Callum Chick




“In the England environment, he’ll be like a massive sponge, soak it all up and get as much out of it as he possibly can.





“Off the pitch, he’s another really good boy to have around, he’s affable and will just chat to people.”





Trevor Davison
Trevor Davison is ‘freakishly strong’ according to Toby Flood (Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)




Trevor Davison







Position: Prop
Age: 28
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 18st 4lb






“You don’t mess with Trev, he’s just the boss,” said Flood. “Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent. There are sometimes quizzical looks around the table when he’s talking.





“As a player, he’s just freakishly strong. He’s just getting better and better. He picked up rugby in the latter stages of his adolescence so his development has still a long way to go, it’s really exciting.





Trev doesn’t say much and when he does, you’re not quite sure what he has said because he has a thick Geordie accent.

Toby Flood on Trevor Davison




“There are lots of great props around the England set-up but if he gets a shot, he could really impress.”





If any – or all – of the Falcons’ four do impress so much for England A that they play against the USA and Canada next month, then Flood hopes they enjoy a better experience than he did on his Test debut against Argentina in 2006.





“It wasn’t very pleasant, not a positive one,” said Flood. “I remember walking on and then 10-15 minutes later throwing an interception pass that they ran in for a try. We ended up losing to Argentina [25-18], so it was pretty dark.





“I also picked up a bit of a knock, so I feigned I was OK during the week just so I could stay involved. There was that fear of being released and let go. But somehow I managed to stay around for a while. It’s not the fondest of memories but the good thing for me is that it could only get better.





“Your Test debut is a daunting moment, wonderful but daunting. But you do realise it’s what you want to do, so for those Newcastle boys it’s a huge opportunity.”





For Flood and the Falcons, though, it’s a double-edged sword. Much as he and the club want their players to succeed at international level, there is always the danger then that bigger predators will come sniffing around.





if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through.

Toby Flood




“It’s great to see the boys there with England – you could argue there could be a couple more – and it’s important for the club,” said Flood.





“All you need as a player is to show your wares. You can do that in the Premiership but if you’re under the watchful eyes of the England coaches then rather than putting your foot in the door, you can really ram it through. Hopefully the players will give a good account of themselves and the club.





“The hard thing for Newcastle over the years has been to hold on to that talent. The generation that I came through with, Geoff Parling, myself, Lee Dickson, we all left and went elsewhere. More recently, Josh Hodge went to Exeter, Will Whitty too, Andrew Davidson has gone back to Scotland… there has always been that ability to bring through talent.





“But the reality of it is we are not as big a club as other clubs. That has always been a difficult thing for the organisation. But what it does show is that we’re a club where young players will get the opportunity to play and get into the England set-ups.”





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